Skateathon challenge is major success

A THOUSAND pounds were raised towards a new extension to a skate park during a unique 24 hour skateathon.

Dozens of BMX riders and skaters from across the country took part in the 24 Down event held last weekend in a unit on the Ponswood industrial estate.

16/2/13- Skateathon event at 4Down Distribution, St Leonards.

16/2/13- Skateathon event at 4Down Distribution, St Leonards.

The event was organised primarily by Ian Morris and Dean Hearne of 4Down Distribution who offered the use of their premises for the event.

It ran from 6pm on Friday to 6pm on Saturday and was supported by Hastings Police, Hastings Borough Council, Positive Futures, East Sussex County Council and Etnies, a skatewear clothing and shoe manufacturer.

Almost £900 was raised for the Boyley Trust Fund and will go towards the construction of phase two of the skate park at Falaise Road, Hastings.

Professional riders Nathan Williams and Ben Lewis took part in the challenge.

Kings Church, Hastings provided catering for the volunteers, Hastings Hire Centre, St Leonards donated a heater to keep everyone warm and Asda provided some refreshments for the riders.

Local councillors Emily Westley, Judy Rogers and Lee Clarke showed support by volunteering their time to help make the event run smoothly.

Cllr Emily Westley, lead member for leisure at Hastings Borough Council said, “This was such a brilliant event with all participants and volunteers creating a great atmosphere. Can I also thank Kings Church for providing food for volunteers at intervals through the 24 hours.”

Dean Hearne, of 4Down Distribution, said: “Overall we are really happy with how the event went.

“The support from the Police, Positive Futures, council, Kings Church and local business gave this a real community feel and seeing riders come form all over the country was inspiring.

“To see groups of riders starting out on their journey at 3am and others riding from 5am till 8am whilst enjoying every minute is what makes events like this so worth it.

“We plan on making this an annual event to try and encourage local riders to get involved and help to support projects that will provide better facilities for them in the future.”