Bike ride keeps memories alive in Seaford

Cyclists ride out for charity
Cyclists ride out for charity

The uncle of a little girl who tragically died at the age of three has helped to keep her memory alive with an annual bike ride.

John Kingshott, of Seaford Striders, started the 25k ride last year with Christine and John Kingshott, the grandparents of Lily-Mae who lost her fight with a rare form of liver cancer last year.

The Chartwell Cancer Trust Lily-Mae Bike Ride returned this month to raise money for the charity and raise awareness.

The Trust provided round the clock support for Lily-Mae and her parents during the ten months she and her parents spent in various London hospitals.

This year’s ride was better supported than last year, with the added bonus of support from local businesses.

The Kingshott family have expressed their thanks to the Seaford branch of the Co-Operative for supplying snacks for the roadside stops and ‘goody bags’ for the finishers.

They also thanked the Uckfield branch of Halfords for supplying puncture kits, drinks bottles and energy drinks, and most importantly the Chartwell Cancer Trust for providing the medals.

This year’s event started at High-and-Over, near Seaford, with the release of pink balloons by Lily-Mae’s two cousins Archie and his brother Maxwell.

In near perfect conditions the cyclists headed out across the hills, linking up with the South Downs Way.

At the first marshal point Lily-Mae’s uncle and aunt, Jonathan and Julia, directed riders to the second marshal point, where water and nibbles were provided.

The riders then headed down a steep winding road onto the A27, proceeding towards Firle, then turning back towards Newhaven and Seaford and the next water station at ‘The Hollow’.

A local burger van had agreed to open for refreshments for the grateful riders, who then were back off-road climbing the Downs through Denton onto the ridge, and through the villages of Norton and Bishopstone, back onto the A259 to Seaford, along the promenade to the Martello Tower.

They then cut back inland for the long slow pedal up to the start/finish point at High-and-Over for well-earned refreshments and medals.

The family has extended its thanks to all those who participated in the event or who supported it in other ways.

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