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Sponsored 'Tour de Y' to raise awareness and funds for Guildford YMCA

Date: 19 August 2014
Friends and supporters of all ages and abilities will be donning shin pads and helmets this autumn for a sponsored cycle ride to raise money for YMCA Guildford’s work with homeless, disadvantaged and vulnerable young people.

‘Tour de Y’ will follow the Downs Link path (the old Cranleigh to Brighton railway track) on 21 September, and aims to promote awareness and provide vital funds to support the work of the charity.

The 37 mile ride will be kick-started by the High Sheriff of Surrey Peter Lee who is particularly pleased to be taking part in the challenge as it supports one of the themes for his year in office: a focus on getting young people into sport.

He said: “I’m really delighted to be able to launch the event and help support the valuable work the YMCA does helping young people with housing, education, employment and training.

“And I am particularly looking forward to the ‘Tour de Y’ challenge although I will need to do some more training in order to complete the full distance.”

The route is off-road and that takes in some beautiful Surrey and Sussex countryside, including the Weald and Downsland scenery.

It’s no coincidence that ‘Tour de Y’ follows this route, as YMCA Guildford has recently merged with Sussex Central YMCA to become YMCA DownsLink Group.

The ride is open to beginners as well as more serious cyclists with a halfway finish at Southwater Country Park, just south of Horsham for those who don’t want to do the full 37 mile distance.

Interested cyclists should contact Adriana Barnes on or call 01483 532555 for further details and an entry pack.

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