Children’s ride launched for On Yer Bike

Front: Maddison and Ashton Smith. Back L-R: Ray Howard (PR, St Leonards Rotary), Dr Mike Cooper, Tony Leslie (Immediate Past President, St Leonards Rotary), Marcia Dart (Hospice) and Lesley Cruttenden.
Front: Maddison and Ashton Smith. Back L-R: Ray Howard (PR, St Leonards Rotary), Dr Mike Cooper, Tony Leslie (Immediate Past President, St Leonards Rotary), Marcia Dart (Hospice) and Lesley Cruttenden.

ROTARIANS from St Leonards Rotary Club have handed over £3,000 to a charity that helps terminally ill patients in 1066 Country.

Tony Leslie, the club’s immediate past president, accompanied by Ray Howard, presented the money to St Michael’s Hospice on Monday.

The cash was raised through proceeds from last year’s On Yer Bike fundraiser, making the total collected for the Upper Maze Hill charity £4,400 from the popular event.

St Leonards Rotary Club also used Monday’s presentation to launch the new children’s ride to celebrate 25 years of On Yer Bike, also known as the Castle Cycle Challenge.

Maddison Smith, seven, together with her five-year-old brother Ashton, were at the hospice to support the launch.

There are two categories. One for children up to seven from the Lifeboat Station to the pier and back, a distance of 1.6 miles, and the other for youngsters aged up to 11 to Azur, Marina Pavilion and back, which is three miles long.

Both rides will start at 10.15am, and can be entered on the day from 10am or in advance at www.stleonardsrotary.org, by ringing 01424 423422 or by request to Deeks Evans, 36 Cambridge Road, Hastings, TN34 1DU. Entry for the children’s ride is £3.

Ray Howard, spokesman for St Leonards Rotary Club, said: “We hope that this new event will prove popular to those children not yet ready for the main event, and we look forward to a good turnout on the day.”

On Yer Bike, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary, takes place on Sunday, April 28, starting and finishing at the RNLI lifeboat station. Cyclists have the choice of a 25-mile route to Pevensey Castle and return, or can tackle the more strenuous 40-mile route which proceeds from Pevensey Castle to Herstmonceux Castle and returns along the Rickney Marsh road.

Entry costs £10 (minimum) for adults and £3 for under 16s.

The main event starts at the lifeboat station at 8.30am.