Despite Covid-19, an intrepid team of 15 cyclists gathered for the Annual Lily-Mae Sponsored Bike event over the May Day Bank Holiday Weekend in aid of The Chartwell Cancer Trust.

Most of these cyclists only get their bikes out once a year, dust off the cobwebs and pump up the tyres, then back in the shed they go until next year!


As usual, the cyclists started the 28 mile cross country event from Lily-Mae’s Uncle Kevin’s home. However, this year, they decided to take the costal route over the South Downs instead, as in previous years, the original route was deemed too easy! At some stages, it was very close to the cliff’s edge, then inland to the villages of Telscombe and Southease, climbing back up onto the ridge past the Firle transmission towers into Alfristion and along the river Cuckmere.



We were pleased to report that there was only one casualty. In an effort to social distance “Mark Foster” diverted “off road into a Blackthorn bush” (to those of you who live in towns and cities and don’t know, the thorns of this bush have been known to puncture tractors tyres).

After all his fellow cyclists had stopped laughing, they helped him up and carried on. Mark had a few thorns in a rather bloody leg, but nothing too serious. All made it back to base (aka Kevin’s house) to a welcome beer and food, plus a fruit platter donated by The Haven Community Hub. Big thank you to Tricia and the girls for your help and to all who took part.


See you all next year.