SEAFORD: Lands End and back for charity

Clint Allen and Andrew Burgman set off on the cycle ride to raise money for charity.
Clint Allen and Andrew Burgman set off on the cycle ride to raise money for charity.

A SEAFORD father whose daughter has cystic fibrosis has cycled hundreds of miles non-stop to help raise money for charity.

Clint Allen was joined for the mammoth challenge by family friend Andrew Burgman to pedal the 335 miles from Lands End back to Seaford and managed it in just over 30 hours.

Among her daily regime Clint’s daughter, Nicole, 13, has to undergo two physio sessions, 46 tablets, twice daily insulin injections and three nebulisers.

Clint and Andrew set off on the amazing feat on Saturday June 25 in cloudy conditions and headed to Bodmin.

The pair reached the halfway point at 10pm after a quick pit stop, before reaching Lyndhurst by dawn.

However, the duo suffered a slight set back with a blown tyre at Fareham and had to send their support vehicle for a replacement.

Problem sorted Clint and Andrew were then back on the road towards Chichester. They then continued past Bognor, Littlehampton and Worthing before cycling through a very busy Brighton and were welcomed back home in Seaford around 4.45pm by a crowd of around 100 wellwishers at the Beachcomber.

The duo - who updated their progress on Facebook and Twitter - were well supported during their journey by Mr Cycles Sehaven FM and Seaford Surf webpages as well as local radio and Andrew’s wife, Cheryl, who provided refreshments, energy gel and painkillers.

Clint and Andrew’s efforts have helped to raise in excess of £3,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, which is currently in need of £6million to complete gene therapy trials. If these funds are not secured by Christmas, the programme will be halted with a loss of years of successful research and £30million investment to get the drug ready for the clinical trials phase.

Clint, who said the family is extremely proud of Nicole’s achievements, added, “Our bike ride was a challenge to endure. It was painful, exhausting and testing – but it’s over.

“Nicole has to endure her challenges every day of her life. We know gene therapy is the best opportunity to give her an extended and healthier life. We’d like to thank all our supporters and sponsors, including PD Kitchens in Horsham and their suppliers.”

In addition to the cycling fundraiser Nicole’s mum Lorna was due to take part in a one mile open water swim in the Royal Victoria Docks at the weekend to boost the charity pot further.

Both causes can still be sponsored at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/BurgsClint or www.virginmoneygiving.com/LornaAllen