Local cyclists pulled on their Lycra and saddled up to complete The Wessex Heartbeat Cycle Challenge last weekend, helping to raise an estimated £5,000 in the process.
Back by popular demand, the gruelling event featured two different distances; a forty-mile route or a seventy miler for those who wanted to put themselves to the test.
Both starting and finishing in the grounds of Hampshire Collegiate School in Wellow, the challenge saw the determined participants cycle through the market town of Romsey, over to Winchester and through the Test Valley to Stockbridge, with the shorter route travelling back through East Tytherley and Lockerley, finishing back at the school.
John Munro, chief executive of Wessex Heartbeat, said:
‘We are thrilled that we are on course to raise over £5,000 for Wessex Heartbeat thanks to the fantastic efforts by so many Hampshire locals.
‘Hosting a cycle challenge is a fitting way to raise money for Wessex Heartbeat which, as well as supporting those affected by heart disease, works to improve the cardiovascular health of people in the Wessex region.
‘Our ultimate goal is to help reduce the number of people affected by coronary heart disease and cycling is a brilliant way of keeping fit,” he said. “If you know anyone affected by heart disease or has used the services of the Wessex Cardiac Centre at Southampton General Hospital we’d urge you to donate to this worthy cause.’
The cycle challenge was supported by several local companies including Hendy Group, Cycle World and the Print Room.