THURROCK’S annual cycle marathon was once again a huge success as hundreds saddled up for the challenge.

More than 300 riders took part in the event on Sunday as riders descended on Grays for the marathon, organised by the Mar Dyke Valley Rotary Club.

One rider was veteran fundraiser and well-known community figure Stan Wall.

At 92, Stan was on hand to complete the 21 mile route with ease – although it was completed on an electric bike.

Popular figure Stan, from Grays, was honoured previously in the national Pride of Britain awards and was presented with a Help for Heroes national award last year after raising more than £65,000 for Help for Heroes.

Another special mention was given to the Ockendon Scouts team, who took on the challenge while peddling their multi-seat cycle around the course.

The hugely popular cycle marathon has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds over the last 20 years.

Charities supported by the event will be presented with cheques at a presentation taking place later this year.

New mayor of Thurrock, Terry Piccolo, was on hand to hand out medals and offer his support to riders in one of his first duties since being appointed mayor.

Rotary Club President, James Robertson, was also in attendance and handed out medals to finishers once they completed the challenge. The event took place on Sunday, starting at the Civic Hall in Blackshots Lane.