South Downs Way Challenge

Posted on 14 June 2011

Last weekend, a group of Leaside volunteers raised over £500 for Leaside in the South Downs Way challenge. Setting off from Winchester, the race lasted a total of 100 miles!

Matt Craig, Sam Stride, Martin Euden rode all 100 miles with Sarah and Paul Doman riding part of the route and a support team following in a van.

Starting off in Winchester at 7.10am on their way to Eastbourne, the course took them on a gruelling off road course across the South Downs Way (National trail). Riding up and down the whole South Downs was physically demanding, with riders consuming over 10 litres of water, several packets of sweets, 12 coronation chicken buns, several hot cross buns, chocolate, biscuits and cheesy crisps.

The low points of the journey involved Martin falling into a bramble bush on a tricky descent and getting a bit lost near the end in the dark. His favourite moment of the race however was reaching 39.6mph down Buster hill into Queen Elizabeth Country Park, and only one puncture all day!

A big congratulations to all of you who took part in the race and an even bigger thank you for your fundraising efforts! It’s still not too late to make a donation for their efforts. To make a donation simply visit