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Allan Muir has been bowled over by his Gentle South Downs Giant feedback.

The sportive was held in the picturesque countryside around Goodwood last weekend in a bid to boost the coffers of the Association for Glycogen Storage Disease (AGSD-UK).

Muir, who is development director of the Droxford-based charity, organised the 104-mile event.

Entrants could choose to ride the GSD Spirit over 77 miles, or the Demon at 44, if the longer route proved too daunting.

There was even the Elf, a five-mile family event. Whatever the distance, though – the sportive was a hit.

‘The event seems to have been thoroughly enjoyed by all participants,’ said Muir.

‘The weather was very kind to us this year and the Goodwood Estate were generous with the facilities they made available – including toilets, showers and a children’s play area.

‘Our fundraisers managed to raise over £6,000 for the AGSD-UK.

‘Participation was slightly disappointing this year, no doubt due to the many other well-publicised cycling events in the south.

‘But we are already working on the GSD Giant 2014 to see how we can make it a unique experience for the South Downs and raise awareness and loads of money for the charity.’