London to Brighton bike ride takes cyclists through Sussex villages
THOUSANDS of cyclists rode through Turners Hill on Sunday during the 36th London to Brighton bike ride.
The village was once again the halfway point of the 54-mile challenge in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
A total of 27,000 cyclists left Clapham Common early on Sunday morning, arriving on Brighton seafront throughout the day.
As ever, there were plenty of weird and wonderful outfits on display for the hordes of spectators cheering the cyclists on.
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Among those taking part were Simon Brown and Darren Greenaway, who work at Greenaway Residential estate agents on Crawley High Street.
The friends finished in about five hours – despite Simon not having been on a bike in the last year.
He said: "We signed up in January then forgot about it, as it was in June. I bought a new house so it was hard finding the time."
The pair stopped for a pint of Coke in Turners Hill and at Simon's grandmother's house in Haywards Heath.
Simon said: "Darren was slower up the hills than me but we stayed together. We are definitely going to do it again next year, but will do some training next time."
A group of 40 employees from Elekta, in Manor Royal, which develops machines for treating cancer, also took part.
As usual staff at The Crown pub, in East Street, Turners Hill, were on hand to feed and water weary cyclists.
Landlord Phil Shoubridge explained that it is always the pub's busiest day of year.
He said: "There are always a lot of people in fancy dress that come through. It's a good atmosphere.
"Most people have to walk up into the village because of the volume of traffic.
"There are some serious cyclists who come through at about 7.30 but most people get to the village between 9.30 and 12."