Cycle trek raises charity cash

PUBLISHED: 12:17 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:17 24 April 2013

Picture submitted by Jo Damsell. Ref exe Knobbler 1

Picture submitted by Jo Damsell. Ref exe Knobbler 1

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A group of intrepid cyclists have raised more than £1,500 for charity after a gruelling mountain bike challenge.

Thirty riders took part in ‘The Knobbler’, which was organised by Exmouth’s Knobblies bike shop in aid of CLIC Sargent.

The ride was based on Woodbury Common, and it took the riders seven hours to cover 56km across testing terrain.

Knobblies owner Chris Warburton said: “Everyone who toughed it out discovered some local trails they had never ridden before.

“We chose a particularly difficult route with some really challenging hill climbs, totalling some 4,400ft of ascent in all.

“A few punctures were had, but otherwise the group managed the whole route without major incident.”

A total of £1,509 was raised by the event, from £20 entrance fees and additional sponsorship raised by cyclists.

Among these were Dave Pearson, whose employer Thomson Reuters offered to match his £260 sponsorship making £520 overall, and Andy Dale, who donated his £100 winnings from the System Six Kitchens Grand National sweepstake the day before the ride. Ride guide Quentin Jackson also raised £75. On hand to welcome back the cyclists was Griffin Howard, from Exmouth, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2009, aged six, and whose father David took part.

David said: “CLIC Sargent has been a real help to our family during the last four years.

“I am pleased so say that Griffin has been out of treatment for a year now but CLIC are never far away.

“We are always looking for ways to repay our debt of gratitude to CLIC, and, all in all, CLIC are a worthy cause to support, so a big thanks to Knobblies and all the people that took part in the event.”

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