A 120-mile charity cycle ride by Kent Blaxill staff, suppliers and customers has raised at least £7,000 for two charities.

Proceeds will be split between the Rob George Foundation and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Around 50 cyclists set out on the tour of Essex and Suffolk, which started and finished at the Kent Blaxill Colchester branch, and took in stops at Saffron Walden, Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury. The 'riders' included Andy English, a longtime employee of building supplies company Kent Blaxill, who completed the marathon on a recumbent bicycle.

"Not all of the riders were experienced cyclists – one or two had not completed more than a 40-mile ride previously – so there were some heroic efforts in tackling the 120 miles," said Simon Blaxill, Kent Blaxill managing director. "After a damp start the rain held off and we had a really enjoyable day, with people in the saddle for up to nine hours."

On completion of their marathon, riders tucked into a well-deserved curry supper and swapped stories about the day.

Cyclists wore shirts specially designed for the event – and they can still be sponsored at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/

It was the second charity cycle ride organised by Kent Blaxill, the previous event being held in 2013 to mark the company's 175th anniversary.