Sun is big draw for charity riders

One of the participants at the On Yer Bike charity ride which was held on Sunday, April 17
One of the participants at the On Yer Bike charity ride which was held on Sunday, April 17
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MORE than 450 cyclists saddled up for the annual On Yer Bike charity ride on Sunday, April 17.

Before the weekend, organisers at St Leonards Rotary Club were concerned that less than 200 riders had signed up for the event, also known as the Castle Cycle Challenge.

But thanks to the sunshine hordes of people turned up on the day to take part, swelling the number of riders to 458.

Entrants had a choice of pedalling a 25-mile course, which ran from St Leonards seafront to Glyne Gap, over Galley Hill towards Bexhill seafront and the De La Warr Pavilion, then on to Cooden and Pevensey Castle.

More energetic cyclists tackled the longer 40-mile route, which followed the same course but continued past Pevensey Castle to Wartling, Herstmonceux Castle and Magham Down.

Last year more than £8,000 was raised for St Michael’s Hospice, the RNLI and other charities supported by St Leonards Rotary Club.

Ray Howard, spokesman for the club, said this year’s total will not be known until the end of July.

He said: “We had one of the warmest days on Sunday in the event’s history so we had a higher turnout than expected.”