Barcombe pensioners to set off on epic 900 mile bike ride

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Pensioners Nick Lear, 70, and his wife, Harriet, 73, from Barcombe, are setting off on a 21-day, 900-mile bike ride to raise money for charity.

On the bike ride, ‘Riding for Ruhanga’, Nick and Harriet will tour around 60 Hastoe housing developments across the country, spreading the word for the charity Let Them Help Themselves.

The journey kicks off in the village on Monday. The pair will cycle in a big loop through Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Dorset before finishing in Barcombe three weeks later.

Let Them Help Themselves supports a small African community in Ruhanga, Uganda, and is the charity that housing association Hastoe has been supporting for several years. ‘Riding for Ruhanga’ will be specifically raising money for some much-needed medical equipment.

Nick and Harriet have been busy training and testing out their brand new Garmin Edge GPS gadget in time for the big day.

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Nick Lear, a former Hastoe board member, said: “When I announced my retirement from the board after nine years, I made a promise that I would do one last thing – as a legacy. I thought there was no better way than to raise money for Hastoe’s charity by setting off on a bike ride touring a number of its housing developments.

“Harriet and I are looking forward to this challenge and have been busy preparing and training. We are wondering how we will fare with only a couple of T-shirts each - we have to keep our luggage down or we suffer from too much weight. We would like to say thank you to those who have already supported and those who will be supporting this very worthy cause.”