THE intensive care unit at Bathurst Base Hospital has been the big winner following last month's Geoff Martin Memorial Ride.
More than 100 riders took part in this year's event, a big increase on the 60-70 it usually attracts.
Organiser Rob Smith welcomed the larger-than-expected turnout, saying the extra numbers boosted the money available for this year's charity donation.
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"No doubt due to the fantastic exposure [the Western Advocate] gave the Geoff Martin Run, we had a very successful event," Mr Smith said.
"There were 104 people attending and after costs we raised $3712.
"A cheque for this amount was presented to the intensive care unit at Bathurst Base Hospital."
Organised each year by the Panorama Motorcycle Club, the ride honours the memory of former member Geoff Martin who was tragically killed in a tanker accident at Abercrombie 23 years ago.
Participation is open to bikes and riders of all vintages with funds raised donated to a local worthy cause.
This year's ride, which had been postponed two weeks due to inclement weather, featured a long run and short run for riders.
Both started at the Bathurst Showground and ended at the Lue Hotel but the short run (about 120km) went via Rylstone and the long run (about 180km) went via Hill End and Mudgee.
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