Cyclists battle through wind and rain from London to Brighton for the British Heart Foundation

Participants approach the finish line on Madeira Drive
By Rebecca Weller

Thousands of cyclists pushed through heavy wind and rain to take part in The British Heart Foundations (BHF) flagship London to Brighton cycle event on Sunday, June 16.

More than £2 million was raised by almost 15,000 people to fund the charity’s research into diagnosing, preventing and treating heart disease.

The route takes participants through the busy capital, continuing down through the Surrey and Sussex countryside, including gruelling Ditchling Beacon, before coming to the seafront for its finish line on Madeira Drive.

 

With this year’s 54-mile ride marking its 44th year, it is one of the oldest of its kind in Europe.

Statistics from the BHF show in the UK 170,000 lose their lives every year to heart disease, around 1.4 million people have survived a heart attack and there are more than 100,000 hospital admissions annually, or one every five minutes, due to heart attacks.

Entries for the 2020 London to Brighton bike ride can be made on the BHF website.

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