Cyclists from across the region and beyond set off on the fifth Midnight Ride on Saturday evening.

With a new route and a new format that saw participants ride off into the sunset – instead of chasing the sunrise – it was once again a big success.

Organised by Alan Lewis, the event set off from Aico on the Oswestry Industrial Estate just after 6pm.

And included in the list of riders taking on the 85-mile course through the Glyn Valley, around Lake Vyrnwy and back into town via Llanymynech, was the deputy mayor, Councillor Duncan Kerr.

Cllr Kerr said: "I'm nervous, I've never done anything like this before. I've done this distance but over a full day, not six hours.

"But it's a lovely day and it's so nice to have events like this and the atmosphere is great."

The ride is a fundraiser many different charities, but in particular the Severn Hospice in Shrewsbury.

One of those taking part, Mike De Coster, who is formerly of Oswestry, said: "I did the last one as well. It's a great event with a great atmosphere and I'm looking forward to it.

"It's a great course, it's been great watching the sunrise previously and I'm sure it will be great watching the sunset."

Meanwhile, Phil Sweeney rode from his home in Pulverbatch to the start to make it a full 100-mile trip on his 'fat bike'.

After some mechanical issues last year he was hoping to cross the line this year: "I have unfinished business with the course so it's finish or nothing!"

Full a full round-up of pictures from the event see Wednesday's Advertizer.