Cycling to help heart charity

Martin Pickup and Greg Riley, from Eastbourne SUS-160622-094916001
Martin Pickup and Greg Riley, from Eastbourne SUS-160622-094916001

Two Eastbourne men were among the 14,000 cyclists who jumped on their bikes last weekend for the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) iconic London to Brighton Bike Ride.

Now in its 41st year, Europe’s oldest charity cycle ride has seen more than 750,000 riders cross the finish line, pedalling more than 40 million miles between them and raising £57 million in the fight against heart disease.

This year, around £2 million was raised from the event, which will help fund the BHF’s medical research into preventing heart disease and revolutionising treatments for people living with debilitating heart conditions.

The legendary event saw thousands make the 54-mile-long journey from city to sea. Setting off from Clapham Common on the morning of June 19, riders pedalled through the beautiful countryside before finishing at Madeira Drive on Brighton seafront. Riders were welcomed with cheers from supporters and a fun beach party put on by the ride’s sponsors, Tesco and Jaffa.

Martin Pickup and Greg Riley, cycled the distance in fancy dress. They have raised close to £200, which will help save millions of lives across the UK.

Martin and Greg said, “Taking part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride was a real challenge and a fantastic experience.

“The atmosphere was incredible and we are extremely proud to have been part of such an iconic event.

“Knowing we were cycling for a charity that is devoted to funding life saving research needed to fight heart disease made us determined to succeed.

“It was great to have everyone cheering us on to the finish line; it kept morale on the ride high, which was much needed to complete the dreaded Ditchling Beacon. But it was well worth it when we reached the top - the views were absolutely stunning and it was then downhill to the finish line.”

Nancy Smyth from BHF said, “The BHF relies entirely on the generosity of our supporters to pay for life saving research into heart disease. I would like to thank and congratulate everyone who took on this gruelling challenge, everyone who supported our cyclists and all of our volunteers.”

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