A GROUP of eight woman who took part in a charity cycle ride across London have raised £2,000.

The women, five of whom are nurses at the St James Medical Centre and Taunton Vale Surgery, took part in the Ride the Night 100km bike ride for a range of charities.

The route started at Windsor racecourse and headed through central London and back on May 27.

Carla Rutland, Katie Elliott, Becky Dingle, Pippa Shere, Caroline Samuel, Amelia Samuel, Eleanor Gordge and Rosie Clarke took part in the ride to raise money for Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, and Ovarian Cancer Action.

Miss Elliott said: “It is the largest female cycling event in the UK, our fundraising currently stands at more than £2,000.

“It was an amazing surreal experience riding through central London on open roads with our bikes and clothes lit up like Christmas trees.

“Our friendship and camaraderie grew throughout training and we were a unite team on the night starting together and finishing together, which was no mean feat on busy roads in the dark.”

During the ride, the group stopped at Westminster Bridge to lay a rose to remember those affected by the recent acts of terrorism.