Father and Son conquer the South Downs Way on bikes

Stuart and Jack
Stuart and Jack

A WEST Chiltington schoolboy has completed a cycle challenge along the South Downs Way.

Jack Algar, 12, and his father Stuart, 41, of Copse View, started their epic journey on Friday August 11 at 8.45am at the King Alfred statue in Winchester, Hampshire, finishing 21 hours and 103 miles later in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

On the first day the pair completed 57 miles ending up in Washington, after a trek with good views, three punctures and Jack falling off on Amberley Mount.

Day two started at 9.00am with a climb into the clouds at Chantonbury, with Jack commenting that this climb included ‘even bigger hills and better views’.

The ride ended at 7.30pm on Sunday August 14 at Eastbourne pier , with a welcome committee waiting.

Jack said: “I enjoyed it a lot more than I though I would. It was hard but I was expecting it to be a lot harder.”

After the two day ride he said that he was really tired and a little saddle sore, but it didn’t take him long to recover.

The Rydon Community College pupil said: “My friends were surprised that we did it in the two days. We were not sure if we could do it in that time but we are glad we did.”

Raising money for the Sussex Air Ambulance, Jack has so far exceeded his £300 target and still aims to raise more. Jack chose the air ambulance charity because he lives near the Downs where the helicopter often lands to airlift injured horse riders, mountain bike riders and walkers.

He also has been raising money for Macmillan Cancer support and has raised over £400.

If you would like to donate money to Jack’s charities visit: www.justgiving.com/Jack-AlgarSussexAirAmbulance for Sussex Air Ambulance and www.justgiving.com/Jack-AlgarMacmillanCancerSupport for Macmillan.