THEY spent hours in the saddle – and a team of pub-goers say their gruelling coastal bike ride in memory of Tom Prince was worth it.
Landlord Matt Chapman and his barman Tom Poulton joined 20 of their regulars from The Festing, in Southsea, as they pedalled from Brighton to the pub.
The team wore orange shirts, the colour of The Tom Prince Cancer Trust, for the 54-mile ride.
They stopped off at The Good Companion, in Eastern Road, Portsmouth, on the way and met Tom’s parents Adele and Clinton, who then joined them for the last leg.
And everyone’s endurance efforts during the four-hour challenge paid off because more than £5,000 was raised in memory of Tom, pictured.
The teenager died of teenage bone cancer osteosarcoma the evening before his 16th birthday in 2004.
The money will go to The Tom Prince Cancer Trust, which was set up after his death.
Mr Chapman, 28, said the day was a success.
‘The ride wasn’t as tough as I thought it would be,’ he said.
‘I did a training session from Brighton to Chichester a few weeks back and that was tough. So I prepared myself for a gruelling ride.
‘We all rode in mini groups and kept each other going so it didn’t seem too bad.
‘I’m really amazed with the money we raised.
‘We raised £10,000 when some of us swam from Clarence Pier to South Parade Pier last year and the same people who donated have done so again.
‘I’m overwhelmed by people’s generosity. It was definitely worth it.’
On their return to The Festing the cyclists held a raffle, which raised a further £100.
An extra £200 was donated by customers while Gosport rockers Mojo Dollar performed in the bar.
The pub has now raised £20,000 for trust in three years.
Mr Chapman added: ‘We’re thinking of what we can do next to help the trust.
‘We want to keep pushing ourselves and do something more challenging each year.’
Clinton Prince, 53, of Haslemere Road, Southsea, said he was in awe of everyone’s efforts.
‘It’s amazing that these people gave up their Sunday and raised so much for the trust,’ he said.
‘Seeing a sea of orange shirts making their way back was a proud moment.
‘We were extremely proud to be a part of the day.’