Two brothers and their sister are set to take on the epic London to Paris Bike Ride to raise funds for Gun Hill-based SASBAH (Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.)
Al Fuller, 31, and Amie Cook, 35, attended Rocks Park Primary and UCTC and both Amie and Tom Brightwell, 16, still live in the town. The three are training hard for the almost 300-mile ride from Blackheath to the Eiffel Tower in July.
Already a keen cyclist and member of Lewes Wanderers Cycle Club, Amie has taken on the challenge once before, while Al and Tom have been riding for just a few months.
Asked if she felt that previous experience would be an advantage, Amie said: “Definitely not. I know what’s coming and I’m really regretting the four months out of the saddle over the winter period. Some of the hills are seriously tough and I remember the burning in my legs very well The company organising the trip say I’m a glutton for punishment and I tend to agree.”
Amie is a ‘veteran’ of many charity challenges, lives in Ridgewood with her husband and two children and works in marketing for the Chalvington Group in Hailsham.
Baby of the bunch Tom, studying for his exams, will be the youngest member of the whole trip, turning 17 just a few days before they are due to go and he is looking forward to the event.
He said: “My sister is bike crazy. I’m keeping up with her OK, but I’ve never eaten so much in my life. My school friends think I’m mad. I get that from my sister.”
Middle sibling Al who lives in Staffordshire with his wife and three children, has the toughest training of them all. He completed four tours of Afghanistan as part of the RAF’s front line Harrier Squadron and bomb disposal team, as well as visiting Somalia.
He currently works for Epson as an engineer and regularly returns to Sussex.
Not only does he have to ride alone most of the time, he is scheduled for surgery on both elbows following injuries sustained while in the forces, just ten weeks before the off.
He said: “Amie’s loaned me her indoor trainer so I’ll be able to keep my legs going, but leaning on the handlebars for up to six hours per day is going to be interesting. The guys at SASBAH are fantastic though. If anyone’s worth doing it for it’s them.”
The team have set an ambitious target of £4,000 and would be incredibly grateful for any support and donations. To find out more about the trip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or to donate visit www.justgiving.com/theparisproject