Telvision presenter Davina McCall back on her bike for Big Sussex Bike Ride

Davina McCall at the Big Sussex Bike Ride. Photo by Lee Collier Photography.

Davina McCall at the Big Sussex Bike Ride. Photo by Lee Collier Photography.

  • Davina McCall joined by BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth and Olympic ice skater Jayne Torvill
  • 400 cyclists took part in the ride in aid of Action Medical Research
  • First time for Davina taking part in the race after knee injury prevented her riding last year
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Television presenter Davina McCall joined 400 cyclists in the Big Sussex Bike Ride near Uckfield last weekend in a bid to raise money for charity.

It was the first time Davina had taken part in the race as last year a knee injury meant she had to wave the riders off from the start line.

Ready for  the off. A total of 400 cyclists were raising money for Action Medical Research.  Photos by Lee Collier Photography.

Ready for the off. A total of 400 cyclists were raising money for Action Medical Research. Photos by Lee Collier Photography.

She joined Olympic ice skater Jayne Torvill and BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth, as well as hand cyclist Rob Groves for the event on Sunday June 7 at East Sussex National Hotel and Golf Resort in Little Horsted.

It is expected to raise more than £30,000 for children’s charity Action Medical Research.

Davina said: “It’s a wonderful ride because it’s female-friendly, which means everyone can take part and it doesn’t matter whether you are a novice.

“It’s not a race, it’s a journey, and so there is a real sense of support and teamwork out there on the route to ensure no one gets left behind - then there’s a huge party at the finish line!”

Last year the television presenter took part in the gruelling Sport Relief challenge where she completed a 500 mile triathlon.

She joined riders for the 40-mile classic route after getting back in the saddle just three weeks ago, but plans to cycle in the champion 68 mile route next year.

There were three routes: including the cool 21-mile route, the classic and the champion option for experienced riders.

Cyclists were able to take in stunning Sussex scenery including Glynde, Laughton, Hellingly, Herstmonceux and Battle in the sunshine.

Event organiser Paula Ray, Action Medical Research’s community fundraising manager for the South East, said: “It was a fantastic turnout and everyone had a wonderful day - the sunshine certainly helped.

“There’s a really inclusive atmosphere on this ride and everyone loves being seen off by Davina at the start.”

Money raised by cyclists participating in Davina’s Big Sussex Bike Ride will help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children.

Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952.

The charity is currently supporting work around childhood cancer, Down syndrome, epilepsy, and cystic fibrosis, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

n For more information on Action Medical Research’s rides, visit action.org.uk/get_involved/cycling