arrive in Burnham-On-Sea for Chase The Sun race
of cyclists rode into Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening during an annual
coast-to-coast cycling challenge.
400 riders took part in the 205-mile cross-country Chase The Sun
event that saw riders leaving the Isle of Sheppey in Kent at sunrise
at 4.39am before heading to Burnham before sunset.
enthusiast Ben Steel from North Yorkshire was first to arrive
in Burnham in a super time of 12 hours and 50 minutes. Speaking
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, he said it was the first time he'd ridden
in the event. "I do enjoy long distance rides like this and
have really enjoyed the day, but I certainly won't be riding back
again straight away!"
ride across went really well with no problems - I even managed
to fit in a brief tea stop along the way! I'm very tired but will
be cycling to Highbridge to catch the train back home tonight!"
teams of cyclists finished in groups. Among them was the YMCA
East Surrey cycling team for finished together in a group of three
at 6.50pm. Thety are all from Redhill, Surrey.
Hunnam from London finished at 6.58pm and said: "The head
wind was terrible towards the end and I suffered a puncture, but
apart from that it was a great ride! I really enjoyed it."
accommodation providers benefited, with several businesses in
Burnham saying they were fully booked as a result of the event.
Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds, who arranged music on the Esplanade
to welcome the cyclists, said: "It was great to see lots
of residents and cyclists out on such a breezy evening to cheer
home those who'd cycled 205 miles in a strong head wind! I know
how much of a benefit this is to local accommodation providers
and I hope other businesses saw a positive impact too."
Town Centre Manager with the first cyclist to finish, Ben Steel
Mayor Paul Young congratulating one of the finishers on Saturday
passing along The Esplanade at the end of their full day's riding
enjoying the evening sunshine after their mammoth ride
delight at finishing was visible on the finishers' faces
Spectators gathered on the seafront to watch the cyclists arrive
were entertained with a unique horsebox disco on the seafront