Long pedal from the north raises £700 for hospice

Ashley Scrace at the Half-Marathon finish line
Ashley Scrace at the Half-Marathon finish line

A STUDENT pedalled from Sheffield to Hastings to raise money for the hospice - only to be nearly knocked off his bike three miles before finishing.

Ashley Scrace, 21, of Old Church Road, St Leonards, who is studying journalism at the University of Sheffield, set off on Thursday (March 17) on the 250-mile ride and arrived in Hastings at the Half Marathon finish line on Sunday (March 20) at 2pm.

The ride was in aid of St Michael’s Hospice.

He broke the journey in several stages, firstly cycling from Sheffield to Leicester, then from there to Watford, then from Watford to Tonbridge, before pedalling from there to Hastings.

Mr Scrace said: “It was great fun but gruelling but luckily I picked some great days weather-wise to ride.

“I did have a few problems as I suffered a puncture only four miles out of Sheffield and again just three miles out of Hastings. I also got knocked off my bike at the bottom of Harley Shute Road.”

The student has raised at least £700 so far for the hospice and is expecting to collect £1,000 in total.