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From individuals to cycling clubs and corporate teams, people of all ages and backgrounds took part in the event, including one of our Patrons, Sally Gunnell OBE DL, and our CEO, Hugh Lowson.
Riders opted for either a 20 or 40-mile route, which started and ended within the grounds of Windlesham House School. The first riders set off just after 7.15am, and started arriving back mid-morning, with the final participants passing the finish line just after 3pm.
Peter Roberts signed up for the event to raise money for Chestnut Tree House, and cycled the 20-mile route in memory of his daughter, Izzi, who sadly passed away last year.
Peter Roberts said: “Chestnut Tree House is a fabulous cause and something very close to my heart. The care team there were such a great help to our family during Izzi’s illness and afterwards.
“I’m personally grateful to all the cyclists who took part in Hit the Downs MTB and those who sponsored them, as the charity needs as much support as we can give. I really enjoyed the event and hope to take part in more in the future.”
All riders were fitted with a chip timer, and the fastest times were 1 hour 45 minutes for 20 miles and 3 hours 40 minutes for the 40-mile route.
Lucy Bone, Events and Campaigns Fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House said: “We were delighted with the turn out for Hit the Downs MTB, and feel honoured that so many people chose to fundraise for us.
“We would like to thank all the cyclists who took part, but also the supporters and volunteers who helped out. It was an exciting day, with lots of happy and proud faces at the finish line.
Hugh Lowson, CEO of Chestnut Tree House said: “I very much enjoyed taking part in our inaugural Hit the Downs MTB event. I did the ride to support the charity I work for.
“The work we do is really important and government funding is so small that we need fundraising events like this so that we can continue to provide all our specialist care services. I’m really pleased that so many people turned up to support us and it was a really special day.”