Woman hit by car during Cambridge to Norwich charity bike ride

A woman is thankful to be alive after being in a collision with a car during while taking part in a charity bike ride on Sunday.

Jayne Evans, 48, who lives near Hall Road, Norwich, was knocked off her bike just five miles into the 77 mile race from Cambridge to Norwich which was organised by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to raise funds for its Cots for Tots appeal.

She said: 'I was pushed into the opposite carriageway. As a bike accidents go, I got off lightly really. I'm bruised and battered. When I'm in a car I'm really careful about cyclists, motorists don't always think bike. You would think they would take a little more care, we share the road. I am thankful to be alive. She wasn't going very fast. My brand new road bike which I had got through the bike to work scheme is ruined. I want people who witnessed it to come forward.'

She suffered bruises to her left shoulder, elbows and forehead. She praised Bike Events, who helped to organise the race, and St John Ambulance for their care.

Ms Evans, who works as a marketing and communications manager at the Forum had planned to do the event with her brother, Richard, while their family waited at the finish line.

'I set off with my brother at 8.30am and said to him that it was going to be the ride of our lives, I said we would never forget the ride and I was right. I feel a bit upset. It's a shame, I was so looking forward to it, I had booked it back in April. I was cyclist number two out of 900 so I was the second person to register. The weather was glorious and I was looking forward to seeing Cambridgeshire and Norfolk at their best.' Ms Evans added.

She had planned to meet Richard, who is a member of Tri-Anglia and Velo Club Norwich, at the finish line but as soon as she stumbled to the verge, she called him and he came back to help her.

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Ms Evans was driven back to Norwich where she met her family and was presented with her medal.

Spokesman for Cambridgeshire Constabulary, David Old, said: 'We received reports of a collision between a blue Rover and a cyclist in Caraway Road, Fulbourn, at about 9am on Sunday, October 2.

'The cyclist suffered minor injuries and was treated by St John Ambulance at the scene.'

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