October half term 2009 saw 6 children from the Oakwood Racers bike team aged 8-12 cycle the whole of the South Downs Way in 5 days. They rode the trail to raise money for treatment of Toby, a fellow 10 year old recovering from pioneering surgery to remove a brain tumour.
Six completed the whole journey from Winchester to Eastbourne, they were joined along the way by many supportive friends and parents including one ten year old who joined in the challenge on the final day by wheelchair.
The team averaged 14-17 miles a day and rode through sun, rain, mist and fog to complete the whole trail, nerves and excitement managed to keep their spirits high despite punctures and mud. The lowest point on their adventure included getting lost in somewhere near Lewes in driving rain and fog. On the plus side, the clear views in every direction when coming down from Chanctonbury Ring and approaching Eastbourne through 50mph head winds were well worth the effort.
They have raised a massive £4,000 which will be going to T4Toby, the trust set up for Toby’s care, and the Samantha Higgins Brain Tumour Trust.
For more pictures of their challenging expedition visit their website here.