500 cyclists head into Burnham-On-Sea on 205-mile challenge
500 cyclists headed into Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (June
23rd) for the 10th annual Chase The Sun cycling challenge.
popular event involved the cyclists riding from sunrise to sunset
from coast to coast, east to west, across Britain over a distance
of more than 200 miles.
weary cyclists started arriving at Burnham jetty from 5pm, with
the majority arriving between 8-9.30pm, just in time to complete
the challenge of seeing the setting sun over the Bristol Channel.
Town Crier Alistair Murray welcomed the cyclists to the seafront
during the evening, alongside a crowd of spectators, mainly family
and friends of the cyclists.
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, one of the organisers, Phil Webb, said over
700 people had registered to take part, and around 500 completed
the gruelling challenge.
marked the 10th anniversary of Chase the Sun, an annual cycle challenge
originally conceived by Olly Moore in 2008."
concept is unique; this event is a ride, not a race, it is a collective
endeavour shared by an annual community of cyclists inspired in
pursuit of a common goal."
ride again attracted a broad range of cyclists from many countries
and backgrounds, from trained athletes to determined novices."
The Sun UK started at sunrise in Minster on the Isle of Sheppey,
ending at sunset in Burnham-On-Sea, some 205 miles later.
event also helped local accommodation providers in the Burnham-On-Sea
area, with many saying they were fully booked on Saturday night.
Darren Williams had a superb family welcome when he was accompanied
on the last 500 metres along the seafront by his son Oliver, as
Boldmere Bullets ran in unison as they finished - as part of an
epic 535-mile cycle ride over four days. They cycled from Birmingham
to Sheppey on Thursday and Friday, from Sheppey to Burnham on Saturday
and were cycling back to Birmingham on Sunday.