Davina McCall ready for cycling action at the East Sussex National on Sunday, June 16.

TV star Davina set to start charity cycle ride near Uckfield

TV star Davina McCall will launch a fund-raising cycle ride at the East Sussex National Golf Club on Sunday, June 16.

People can still register to take part until midnight on Wednesday, June 12, and will also be able to turn up on the day.

The bike ride will raise funds for Horsham-based charity Action Medical Research. It will take cyclists through towns and villages including Uckfield, Laughton, Golden Cross, Horam, Woods Corner and Battle.

Three routes of varying lengths – 21, 40, or 68 miles – can be seen here.


Martin Fry, co-founder and lead singer of ABC, aims to tackle the 68-mile route on the fund-raising cycle ride.

Davina will cycle one of the routes herself. She said: “I absolutely love this event. Everyone’s always in such a good mood, and why not? You get to ride around the gorgeous Sussex countryside and know you’re doing your bit to help a truly brilliant cause. I can’t wait.”

Davina has supported Action Medical Research since she was introduced to the charity, when she was nine, by her late grandmother ‘Pippy’, who in the 1960s used to chair a local committee.

Also taking part in the annual fund-raiser, which starts and finishes at the East Sussex National, will be Martin Fry, co-founder and lead singer of eighties band ABC, and former Olympic, World, European, and Commonwealth champion – and Sussex resident – Sally Gunnel OBE.

Davina’s Big Sussex Bike Ride is being supported this year by Benenden Hospital and a team of hospital staff will be among the riders.


Former Olympic, World, European, and Commonwealth champion Sally Gunnel will also be taking on the cycling challenge.

• Action Medical Research, a UK-wide children’s charity, has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952, including helping to introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK, developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and testing the rubella vaccine.

It is currently funding research into areas including premature birth, epilepsy, asthma, scarlet fever, cerebral palsy, brain cancer, and other rare and distressing conditions.

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