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Mid Sussex Times

1281 days ago   Article ID# 1539281
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WIVELSFIELD, U K (Mid Sussex Times) - A Wivelsfield Green teenager took on a 100km cycle challenge to raise money for charity.

Jack Gibbs, 17, cycled from Haywards Heath, to Newhaven, Eastbourne, Ringmer and back again to raise money for Sport Relief.

On why he chose that particular route he said that he enjoyed exploring the local area on his bike.

He added: “There is nothing quite like it, it’s amazing how much you miss by car.

“I took part in the London to Brighton bike ride before but I wanted a bigger challenge, and seeing as Sports Relief was coming up, I decided to try and cycle a 100km bike ride.”

To train for the event Jack cycled up Ditchling Beacon, completed a 40-mile ride to Newhaven and used the exercise bike in the gym.

The Central Sussex College student completed the ride alone, however he did ask his friends to take part but they turned him down as they said it was ‘too long’.

“This was part of the challenge, as mentally you have to keep yourself sane after six hours or so on the road,” he said.

Setting off at 8am at his home in Wivelsfield Green, the ride took eight-and-a-half hours, finishing at Clair Park, Haywards Heath, at 4.30pm.

However, he had a break every 30 minutes or so and had lunch in Eastbourne, so in total was cycling for six hours.

The actual route ended up being 70 miles, about 112km.

After the challenge he said: “I was absolutely shattered, both mentally and physically, yet I was so amazed to have finished.

“After I crossed the line I had a picnic with my friends and pigged out on doughnuts and cake, mainly to restore some energy.”

So far he has raised around £300 for the charity which has projects in the UK and the world’s poorest countries.

Jack wanted to thank everyone who has sponsored him so far.

If you would like to donate visit http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/jacksbike.

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Updated 1281 days ago   Article ID# 1539281

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