A CYCLE sportive across 50 miles of Salisbury Plain is being held this Sunday as part of the celebrations of Salisbury Fire Station’s 50th anniversary.

Starting at 10am from the fire station, the route will go through Amesbury, Bulford, Durrington, Larkhill, Shrewton, Chitterne and Codford, before coming back to the fire station through the Wylye Valley.

There will also be a 10-mile family friendly route around the Woodford valley, again starting and finishing at Salisbury Fire Station.

Entry is £10 per person for the sportive and by donation for the shorter route, and this can be paid on the day. All proceeds are for the Fire Fighters Charity as well as local good causes, and riders are encouraged to also collect sponsorship if they would like to.

The first target firefighters have set themselves is to help buy a specialised trike for eight-year-old Jayden Beaven, who was left severely disabled after nearly drowning in an accident in July 2011.

Full route maps will be provided, together with light refreshments and a support vehicle. All riders are asked to be at the fire station by 9.30am to allow for registration and a safety briefing.

To book a place, email mike.bagnall@wiltsfire.gov.uk. Full entry details can be found at wiltsfire.gov.uk/salisbury.