Renewed push for more entrants for On Yer Bike

ORGANISERS of the annual On Yer Bike fundraiser are renewing their appeals for more participants to sign up for this year’s event.

So far almost 140 have registered for the challenge, which takes place on Sunday, April 28.

Last year only 200 took part in On Yer Bike, also known as the Castle Cycle Challenge, because of bad weather, despite more than £6,000 being raised for charity.

Ray Howard, spokesman for St Leonards Rotary Club, said: “We hope to have a large turnout fuelled by the Olympic legacy.

“However, entries are slow coming in, which maybe due to people waiting to see what the weather will be like after last year’s continuous rain.

“To celebrate our 25th anniversary this year we have added a children’s ride to the event.”

On Friday the club’s president John Easter, was at the RNLI lifeboat station to present £2,000 raised from last year’s On Yer Bike. The money will be used to update the Automatic Identification System on the inshore lifeboat.

On Yer Bike starts and finishes at the RNLI lifeboat station. Cyclists have the choice of a 25-mile route to Pevensey Castle and return, or can tackle the 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 race starts at 8.30am.

The children’s bike race along the seafront starts at 10.15am and youngsters can register on the day from 10am.

There are two categories. One for children up to seven from the Lifeboat Station to the pier and back and the other for youngsters aged up to 11 to Azur, Marina Pavilion and back. To take part in On Yer Bike log onto www.stleonardsrotary.org or phone Doug Deeks on 01424 423422.