Riders saddle up at Bourne 2 Bike

A young rider prepares to join in the bike ride
A young rider prepares to join in the bike ride
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THE SUN shone on fundraising cyclists for the first-ever Bourne 2 Bike ride in aid of the Arthritic Association.

The bike ride held on Sunday (October 2) attracted 120 riders wanting to raise cash for the charity – a national Eastbourne-based organisation which promotes a natural way of helping those with arthritis.

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd set the riders off on their nine-, 28-, 39- and 49-mile routes from the Eastbourne Sports Park on Cross Levels Way, where they started and finished.

Mr Lloyd was assisted by the association’s chair, Sharon Standell.

Mr Drink-It from major sponsors Southern Water was in high demand as temperatures soared into the 80s.

Lynda Scott-Williams, chief executive of The Arthritic Association, said, “We are delighted with the response we got to this, the association’s first ever fundraising event in the 69 years of its history.

“We won’t know for a while how much we have raised, but every penny will enable us to fund essential physical therapy treatments for our members, many of whom are in great pain.

“We want to say a huge thank you to all the riders, sponsors and those who have made donations.”

Lynda also told the Herald there had been positive feedback from riders and confirmed the event would return next year.