On Yer Bike in Hastings and St Leonards

George Mighall and Ray Howard, from the Rotary Club of St Leonards, present the trophy to Andrew Frenc
George Mighall and Ray Howard, from the Rotary Club of St Leonards, present the trophy to Andrew Frenc

Hundreds of cyclists will be saddling up for the annual On Yer Bike fundraiser today (Sunday, April 26).

Also known as the Castle Cycle Challenge, the popular event, organised by the Rotary Club of St Leonards, is now in its 27th year.

Starting from the RNLI lifeboat station at 8.30am, riders can opt to pedal for 26 miles to Pevensey Castle and back, or tackle the more strenuous, longer route of 40 miles, which proceeds from Pevensey Castle to Herstmonceux Castle and returns along the Rickney Marsh road.

Entries on the day are £12 for adults and £5 for under 16s and are accepted until 10am.

Last year, hundreds of cyclists got on their saddles to take part in On Yer Bike.

More than 500 turned up at the start to pedal along the two routes, raising money for good causes.

Entries can be made online at stleonardsrotary.org or application forms are available through Deeks Evans, 36 Cambridge Road, Hastings, and at cycle shops in the town.

Speaking earlier this week, Ray Howard, spokesman for the Rotary Club of St Leonards, said: “Entries to date are well up on the same time last year and the trend from the last few years has shown that we can expect around 200 or more entrants on the day, depending on the weather.”

Last week, the Rotary club’s president George Mighall and Ray, who is also vice-president of the club, presented a trophy to Andrew French, the team leader from Beney’s Bikers, which raised the most amount of money at last year’s On Yer Bike event, collecting £618.50 in total.

Last month, the Rotary Club of St Leonards also handed over a cheque for £2,750 to the RNLI from last year’s Castle Cycle Challenge.

Members were shown the up-to-date console fitted to the in-shore boat, purchased with the previous year’s donation.

In February this year, when 2015’s event was launched by Rotarians, club president George Mighall, together with John Easter, the organiser of On Yer Bike, met at St Michael’s Hospice in Upper Maze Hill to present a cheque for £4,500, bringing the amount received by the St Leonards-based charity from the 2014 event to £5,231.

Since it was first launched 27 years ago, On Yer Bike has raised more than £250,000 for charity and local good causes in the town.