Heathfield father and son cycle 200 miles

David and Oliver Stables
David and Oliver Stables

A Heathfield father, who battled prostate cancer, and his son have completed a gruelling 200 mile cycle challenge to raise funds for the charity which helped him.

David Stables, 62, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March 2012.

He successfully underwent treatment at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and said he wanted to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

Now David and his son Oliver have completed the Circular Cycling Camping Tour (3CT) where they cycled 214 miles over five days.

The duo left Heathfield on June 14 and arrived back last Wednesday (June 19).

David said: “Today our combined donation pages have raised £1,007.50.

“We had a great time doing it and did some great father son bonding!”

David and Oliver, 21, used National and Local Sustran cycle routes, riding through Tunbridge Wells, Ashford, Canterbury, Whitstable, Margate, Sandwich, Dover, Folkestone, Lydd, Camber, Hastings and Eastbourne before returning to Heathfield.

The aim was to cover 50 miles a day and camp three nights en route.

It meant they had to carry all of the gear, including cooking and camping equipment, during the ride.

The total ascent during the trip was 12,206 feet.

The first leg of the journey saw the duo cycle 44.4 miles to Kingsnorth.

They camped overnight before setting off to St Nicholas at Wade.

They pedalled through Whitstable, on to Herne Bay, before arriving at the campsite.

The journey proved challenging with a strong headwind delaying the trip but they safely made it to the overnight stop.

Day three saw the duo ride to Kingsdown through Margate and Broadstairs.

The next day Oliver and David cycled on to New Romney, stopping for cake in Dover. They then cycled to Folkstone and then alongside the Royal Military Canal and the Port Lympne and Wild Animal Park where they spotted buffalo, antelope and giraffes.

The final day saw the duo reach Fairlight Hill where they endured a steep ascent.

They then cycled through Hastings and Bexhill before pedalling through the Pevensey Levels and joining the Cuckoo Trail home to Heathfield at Hailsham.

If you would like to read David’s blog of the adventure visit his website at http://60plusanda3ct.wordpress.com. To find out more about Prostate Cancer UK visit its website at http://prostatecanceruk.org