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Cyclists join pair for start of 420-mile ride

Left to right, St Austell Lions Club president Robbie Bhonsle, Martyn Robinson, Guy Wardle, David Byfield, Maurice Allen, Allan Mawby, Steve Taylor, Susan Saunders, Mike Trise and Ray Payne

Left to right, St Austell Lions Club president Robbie Bhonsle, Martyn Robinson, Guy Wardle, David Byfield, Maurice Allen, Allan Mawby, Steve Taylor, Susan Saunders, Mike Trise and Ray Payne

Cyclists join Shoreham pair for start of 420-mile ride

Adur East Lions Susan Saunders and Maurice Allen set out from St Austell in Cornwall last Tuesday at the start of their 420-mile challenge, ending in Dover on May 3.

Keen cyclists and Lions from the town turned out to support them on the first leg of their fundraising ride for the Lions International Blood Research Appeal (LIBRA).

Susan, who is club president, said: “Maurice and I were so happy to be in St Austell after all the months of preparation and with such great support from fellow Lions and our cycling club.

“We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support from St Austell Lions and club member Lion Robbie Bhonsle, who provided us with our first night’s accommodation.

“It was so motivating to have local people joining us for the start of this exciting challenge. Not only did two Lions from Liskeard join us but also an experienced cyclist from Cornwall Cyclist’s Touring Club (CTC), David Byfield, who guided us all the way to Plymouth.

“So far, we have raised over £2,300 and hope to generate even more funds throughout the challenge. We cycled 43 miles on this first leg to Plymouth and really enjoyed having company as it made the journey enjoyable and exciting.”

Mr Byfield, who co-ordinates Lynher Velo CTC Cornwall, said he wanted to support the pair as they are fellow CTC members.

“I thought it would be nice to meet up and lead them to the Tamar, taking them along a route that offers some of the best scenery Cornwall has to offer,” he explained.

“Their challenge raises funds for LIBRA, which is a very worthy cause. The fact that they have chosen to combine their enjoyment in cycling to fundraise makes this even more rewarding.”

The pair are due to arrive in Shoreham tomorrow, and are expecting to be joined by friends, families and colleagues for the ride from Sea Lane Café in Worthing to Adur Ferry Bridge.

After an overnight stay at home, they set off again today from Shoreham to Eastbourne, and will be joined by a Shoreham woman with leukaemia for that section of the ride.

Christine Howard, another member of the CTC, said she met Susan through the club and wanted to support them following her own experiences.

She explained: “I decided to support her and Maurice as I can relate to their challenge for LIBRA. I was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia in 2013, so I have a personal connection with the cause.

“After I was diagnosed, I wanted a prognostic test which was carried out thanks to King’s. I am not undergoing treatment now but may need to in the future and I know how important it is that funds are raised so new blood cancer treatments can be created and hopefully a cure one day.

“I am really looking forward to taking part in the cycle and hope people will donate to LIBRA, as it is such a worthy cause.”

Visit virginmoneygiving.com/team/adureastlions to sponsor Susan and Maurice and follow their journey at www.facebook.com/adureastlions

 

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