June 21, 2015
220 cyclists arrive in Burnham after gruelling coast-to-coast race

Burnham-On-Sea's seafront was full of cyclists on Saturday evening (June 20th) when they completed the annual Chase The Sun coast-to-coast cycle ride.

Over 220 riders took part in the cross-country event, which saw them leaving the Isle of Sheppey in Kent at 4.30am and then racing to get to Burnham before sunset. The cyclists began arriving on the town's jetty at 5.30pm.

First to arrive was Matthew Frickey from Kent while second was Tom Cox from London moments later - both are pictured below.

Matthew told "207 miles is a long way to cycle in such a short space of time and we got lost twice and also had to deal with a puncture! That said, I'd definitely do it again - it's a super event."

Tom told "It's the toughest bike ride I have ever done - there were many terrains, but the sheer distance and logistics make this really difficult.

The cyclists rode into the bright evening sunshine onto Burnham's jetty, marking the end of their greulling day-long coast-to-coast challenge.

Burnham-On-Sea Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds, pictured with two of the riders form Richmond in London, told "The Town Council is proud to welcome the cycle ride back to Burnham. We know our local accommodation providers get booked up months in advance for this event. The arrival of the cyclists was very special on the seafront."


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