Thousands cycle London to Brighton charity bike ride for British Heart Foundation
PUBLISHED: 12:18 17 June 2013 | UPDATED: 12:27 17 June 2013
Over 28,500 cyclists took part in the British Heart Foundation's London to Brighton bike ride, one of the most iconic charity cycling events in Europe, on Sunday June 16.
The ride saw thousands of cyclists peddling the 54 mile route to raise funds for the BHF’s vital work to help fight coronary heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer.
Masterchef’s John Torode and his team, Akai from Got to Dance and Roberto of Heart FM and his team were amongst the celebrity cyclists who used their peddle power to fight heart disease.
Amongst those who braved the 813 feet Ditchling Beacon on the day was Stewart Whitehead, 57, from Cowfold, West Sussex. Stewart rode in memory of his father, Henry, who loved cycling.
“Taking part in this event was a real challenge and an incredible experience,” he says. “The atmosphere on the day was brilliant and I am proud to have been part of this amazing day. Knowing I was cycling for such a great cause made me determined to succeed.
“It was fantastic to have everyone there cheering me on to the finish, knowing that my sponsorship money will help the BHF to raise much-needed funds for the research needed to fight heart disease.”
The BHF London to Brighton Bike Ride, supported by Santander, is now in its 38th year and over the years around 750,000 riders have taken part, pedalling more than 40 million miles between them and raising over £57million for the BHF.
It is part of the BHF’s London to Brighton Bike Ride Series, which includes the London to Brighton Night Ride on Saturday July 13 and Sunday July 14 and the London to Brighton Off-Road Ride on Saturday September 21.
• To find out more, visit bhf.org.uk/L2B or call 0300 456 8355.