Brave pair from Horam and Uckfield tackle 900 mile bike ride

23 year old Horam man cycled 900 miles to Spain for charity
23 year old Horam man cycled 900 miles to Spain for charity

A Horam man and his Uckfield work colleague have just returned from a 900-mile charity bike ride across France and into Spain.

Jack Scott, 23, and Stuart Burgess, 25, both work as technicians for ITMsoil in Uckfield.

Because family members, colleagues and friends had battled cancer at various times of their lives, they decided to embark on a gruelling cycle challenge in aid of Cancer Research.

Jack, who lives in Hanging Birch Lane, said: “We thought about Land’s End to John o’Groats but believed the weather would be horrible, so decided to head south to Spain instead.

“We were amazed - the weather was even worse! We battled wind and rain all the way.”

The pair biked to Newhaven, took the ferry to Dieppe on Friday night two weeks ago then headed south through the French countryside, climbing the Pyrenees via the coastal route out of France and finished in Santander after 12 days’ hard riding, averaging 100 miles a day.

Jack went on: “My knee went on the fourth day in and we were fighting headwinds from the beginning. I finished thanks to a few painkillers and absolute determination.

“We know several people who have suffered from cancer and this seemed such a worthwhile charity. We hope we’ve raised about £800 but the money is still coming in.”