Poignant miles for marathon cyclists passing through Lewes

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A convoy of charity cyclists will pass through Lewes tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon as they near the end of a marathon ride.

They set off from Whitby in North Yorkshire on Sunday and will have pedalled more than 450 miles by the time they reach their downland destination at Southease.

The 10 cyclists are members of the FAB team – Family Activity Breaks, a tri-service charitable initiative dedicated to bereaved military families.

In partnership with the Youth Hostel Association it provides fun and challenging camps in the UK.

FAB is run by volunteers from the Armed Forces, defence civilians and ex-service personnel.

All are trained by a bereavement counselling service which specialises in supporting children, young adults and adults who are facing bereavement.

The camps are a welcome break for all the family, a chance to meet and socialise with others who have experienced a similar loss.

A loved one can mean a parent, a step-parent, child’s legal guardian, carer or siblings – it is open to all family members.

At present there are two camps – in Cornwall and North Yorkshire. Tomorrow will see the opening of the third at YHA South Downs, Southease.

The 453 miles cycled represents one mile for each soldier killed during operations in Afghanistan.

The team has been staying overnight at military camps along the way and tomorrow’s final leg, a distance of 58.5 miles from Aldershot, should see the convoy reach its destination at approximately 5pm.

It will approach Lewes via the B2116 and A275 and leave via the C7.