Cyclists of all ages put their hearts into harbour fundraiser

THEY'RE OFF Cyclists leave Langstone Technology Park in Havant.    Pictures: Sarah Standing (112040-9597)
THEY'RE OFF Cyclists leave Langstone Technology Park in Havant. Pictures: Sarah Standing (112040-9597)
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PEDAL power ruled the south coast yesterday as thousands of cyclists rode across the area for the Round the Harbours bike ride.

The popular event, which is now in its 15th year, was organised in a bid to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

PEDALLING Gill Dobson and Anne Cook get ready (112040-8260)

PEDALLING Gill Dobson and Anne Cook get ready (112040-8260)

The 32-mile ride started and finished at Langstone Technology Park in Havant, and stopped at Southsea, Gosport and Fareham along the way.

Around 1,500 cyclists took part and it is hoped that around £50,000 will be raised for the charity.

Adam Brockett, event organiser, said: ‘It’s a very family friendly ride. It takes in amazing views of Portsmouth.

‘It also takes in two ferry crossings which a lot of people find very novel.

‘It’s achievable for anyone at any level of cycling. It attracts a good range of people.’

Charlene Sandy cycled with her brother-in-law Stephen Wilkins, and his two daughters Chloe, five, and Amber, three. The group from Denmead decided it would be a good day out.

Charlene, 30, said: ‘I have done it before with a friend of mine because her father died five years ago of a heart attack.

‘It’s all for a good cause. It’s a good day out.

‘We go out on family rides together and we did a 20-mile practice run to make sure the girls would be okay. They were excited about getting the medals at the end.’

Stephen, 35, added: ‘Charlene bullied me into it. But I do off-road mountain biking which is good fun.

‘I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie.’