Nearly sixty people took part in a cycling and fitness event held to increase awareness of and raise funds for the proposed Battle Health Pathway.
The event, organised by 1066 Cycle Club Battle and the East Sussex Cycle Tourists Club was held at Battle Recreation Ground, on Sunday September 11. Twenty-seven riders took part in a long distance cycling Randonnee and a further thirty adults and children took part in ‘Super Circuits’ fitness training.
Sue Burton, Chair of the 1066 Cycle Club says some may not have heard of Randonnee. “It is French for ‘hike’ or ‘hiking’ and denotes a route with printed/GPS directions, but no way-marking,” she said. “It is not competitive or timed, although some cyclists will want to achieve a good average speed.”
Sue says the Battle Randonnee was very successful. “Cyclists had a choice of 50km and 100km routes. With glorious sunny weather, riders had a super, undulating ride through beautiful countryside to Tenterden, Appledore, Rye and Robertsbridge, and then back to Battle where, thankfully, tea, sandwiches and cakes awaited! Well done to the riders, they certainly got some hill practice in!
“I had lots of feedback from cyclists saying how much they enjoyed the route and were pleased with their achievements”.
Super Circuits was an hour of instructor lead exercise finishing with a relay race, children against adults, Sue said: “You can guess who won!”
The event was held to increase awareness and help raise funds for the proposed ‘Battle Health Pathway’ project which will provide a new facility of an all weather track in Battle Recreation Ground for local residents who want to start walking, running and cycling in a safe environment.
A total of £439 was raised.