Lion Steve Allen has completed his Coast to Coast fund raising bike ride (St Bees, Whitehaven on the west coast to Robin Hood Bay on the east.
Steve said “I would like to thank everybody who sponsored me on this venture. I was delighted to complete the 190 mile cycle challenge in aid of Bexhill Lions Club and I know all the £950 raised will go towards helping individuals and good causes in the town. There were quite a few really tough climbs over the two and a half days, including the well known Honister Pass. In total the ascent was 15,000 feet – that’s half way up Everest by comparison.
We also found time to visit Keswick Lions Club who were helping out at a cross country event.
The team spirit with my fellow two riders and a support driver really kept me going when it got painful at the end of a long day. We are now thinking about what we can do as a challenge for next year”.

Between the 24th and 26th June, Steve Allen, a new Member of Bexhill Lions Club is fundraising by cycling the 180 mile Coast to Coast or Sea to Sea (C2C) Cycle route with climbs totaling nearly 15,000 ft . This starts in St Bees, Whitehaven on the west coast of Cumbria and then crosses the Pennines and the Lake District finishing at Robin Hood Bay in the east.

Steve is raising funds for the Clubs’ Charity Trust Fund, which is used to support the ever increasing requests for support from local charities, organisations and individuals.

Steve said ” I’m not a professional cyclist so it will be a challenge, but one I’m looking forward to. I will have company as I will be cycling with two friends, who are each raising money for their own charity.

I have lived all my life in the Bexhill area and I wanted to give something back to the town. I became more aware of the Lions after a chance meeting with my neighbour and I was invited to some of the meeting as a guest. It was here I could see first hand the tremendous work the Lions do in the community from single individuals to larger community groups. I could see my fundraising efforts could really change someone’s life for the better, and that was just the cause I was looking for. I feel very proud to support this work.”

The route is said to be the most popular long distance cycle route and is designed for a range of abilities but does include some hard climbs, the highest being 2,000 ft.

If you would like to support Steve and the Bexhill Lions then please make a donation via Steve’s Just Giving page –

For more information about Bexhill Lions visit email or call Lion Rick on 0845 833 9591


  1. June Hough says:

    Nice one Steve

  2. George Coleman says:

    Well done Steve – wow, £950 that is a great result.

  3. David Butler says:

    Brilliant Steve – well done.


  4. Sue says:

    Well done Steve