Socially distanced cycling challenge to be held across the South Downs

A socially distanced cycling challenge across the South Downs will take place in October after the May event had to be postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Mark Tyler SUS-201003-095705001Mark Tyler SUS-201003-095705001
Mark Tyler SUS-201003-095705001

Hit the Downs MTB will set off from Adur Recreation Ground in Shoreham on Sunday, October 11, and patricipants can choose from a 30km route or dare to take on the epic new 80km distance.

Now in its fourth year, the off-road charity mountain bike challenge will see cyclists raising money for Worthing-based adults’ hospice St Barnabas House whilst taking in some amazing views along the way.

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This year, steps have been taken to ensure those taking part can maintain social distancing throughout with additional hygiene and safety measures along the way.

Mark Tyler from Upper Beeding with his mother Angela TylerMark Tyler from Upper Beeding with his mother Angela Tyler
Mark Tyler from Upper Beeding with his mother Angela Tyler

Mark Tyler, 55, from Upper Beeding, was the highest St Barnabas House Hit the Downs fundraiser at the event last year with a total of £2,150.

He challenged himself to the 60km route in memory of his mother, Angela Tyler, who was cared for by the hospice and sadly passed away just a few weeks before the event.

Mark said: “It’s a proper cycling event, up there with the best of them.

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“Raising the money for St Barnabas was a small way to say thank you to them for the wonderful and compassionate way they helped and cared for mum and our family at the end of her life.”

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