Uckfield Cyclists Gear Up for London to Barcelona Bike Ride!

TR Fastenings is proud to support charity cycle ride in aid of Chestnut Tree House

Team Lonbar, a group of seven intrepid cyclists from Uckfield led by TR Fastenings’ Quality Director Ian Carlton, is preparing to undertake the gruelling challenge of a 1,000 mile bike ride to raise £7,000 for Chestnut Tree House, the only hospice for children and young adults in Sussex.

In addition to Ian Carlton, Team Lonbar comprises David Wells and five members of the Chatfield family, including Grant, Liz, James, Harry and Millie. TR Fastenings has provided suitable cycling kit and a support van, which will be manned by family and friends who will ensure the team are well fed and watered each day!

Team LonBar begins its ride at the foot of Big Ben in London on 13th July and aims to arrive in Barcelona on 22nd July.  

Averaging between 56 and 128 miles a day, the cyclists’ route will take them first to Portsmouth, then over the Channel to Caen, down through France, across the Pyrenees (which stand 2,300m above sea level) to Andorra and along the east coast of Spain to Barcelona.  

The cyclists aim to raise £7,000 for Chestnut Tree House, enough to cover all the care costs for 24 hours, both at the hospice and out in the community in families’ own homes. 

Sarah Arnold, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Chestnut Tree House, said: At Chestnut Tree House, every day is unique and every day something wonderful and special happens. The day Team LonBar choose to pay for with their kind donation could be the most precious day for a child and their family and we are very grateful to them all for undertaking this ride to support us”.

Ian Carlton comments: “Following the success of the charity cycle ride from Lands End to John O'Groats for Chestnut Tree House in 2012 it was decided to look for an even bigger challenge - and this is it!  We are hugely grateful for all the support we have received from TR Fastenings and also to our generous sponsors. We not only want to hit our target, but exceed it! So please visit our Just Giving page if you would like to donate.”

Click here to sponsor the team and find out more on their just giving page


Team Profiles: 

Phil is 72, a local dairy farmer based in Hailsham, East Sussex where he is a partner with his son Steve in Hook & Son and a bit of a film star having recently featured in “The Moo Man” alongside Steve.  A father of six and grandad to twenty two grandchildren.  Phil is Liz’s dad and delighted to be able to support the team, his daughter, son in law, grandchildren and Dave & Ian on this adventure, alongside Mike.  Phil has offered to help in the support role because it’s a very worthwhile charity, looking forward to the trip and Phil is very pleased to be part of it.

Mike is 58 and married to Katie and has three children, Amy, Georgina and Nathan.  Mike is recently retired having worked for Wealden as Head of Commercial Services.  Mike is a keen cyclist and skier and he is also Chairman of the Hailsham Swimming Club.  Mike offered to assist the team as a support driver after a discussion with a friend of the team over a few drinks

Harry is 17, in his first year of A level study.  Harry works part time at the local Waitrose and is also signed to three model agencies and has taken part in London, Paris and Milan fashion weeks, modelling for Kent & Curwen and Louis Vuitton. Harry is a keen footballer playing for Hailsham Town and enjoys sports and socialising.

James is 19, finishing A level studies and been offered a place at Canterbury Christ Church University aiming to start in September, studying multi-media journalism.  James works part time at Chapter 12 Wine Bar, enjoys cycling, running, football and socialising!  James feels that this trip is going to be a great experience with family and friends.

Millie is 15, currently taking GCSEs.  Millie is part of the Glyndebourne Youth Opera, busy rehearsing for a performance at Glyndebourne in November.  Millie is also performing in the college musical Our House and the Jump Trampoline Club show, both taking place this July – a busy month!  Millie is also busy with her sports and her guitar. She also enjoys socialising and cuddling her dogs.

Grant, 45 is married to Liz and Dad to James, Harry & Millie.  Grant is a self-employed plumbing and heating engineer and enjoys cycling, running and football.  Grant is a very keen supporter of Brighton & Hove Albion and never misses a match during the football season.  Grant has always cycled, formerly more mountain biking but in more recent years road cycling and completing Lands End to John O’Groats in 2012.  Grant also ran the Brighton Marathon in 2011, both these events raised funds for Chestnut Tree House.

Liz 43, is married to Grant and Mum to James, Harry and Millie.  Liz is also self-employed having set up her own business eighteen months ago “Sylvia’s Kitchen” specialising predominantly in wedding cakes, with some celebration cakes and catering too.  Liz enjoys walking the dogs, cycling, running, family time, gardening and hosting parties and socialising too! Having run the Brighton Marathon in 2011 and then completed Lands End to John O’Groats cycle for Chestnut Tree House in 2012, Liz is delighted to have the opportunity to once again raise valuable funds and is thrilled that all her family are able to take part too.

Dave is a 45 year old Environmental Manager with chain lube running through his veins; after spending his formative years bouncing around on a BMX he has rarely been parted from two wheels. Having ridden LEJoG in 2012 Dave didn’t need asking twice to join the team again, heading South to sunnier climes and raising more money for this fantastic cause. His wife Clare was due to be in a supporting role once again as driver, chef and cheerleader, but the recent birth of their beautiful daughter Emily forced a change of plan – naturally they will both still be cheering the team on from home in Eastbourne. And of course a huge thanks to Phil and Mike for filling the support slot – we did tell them about the cheerleading didn’t we?!

Ian is 56 years young and works as a Quality Director for TR Fasteners in Uckfield. Ian has been riding bikes since he was a young boy, but I has never been able to put in enough time or effort needed to train for a 1000 mile ride from London to Barcelona!  Ian cannot thank his wife, Jo, and children, Stuart and Hannah, enough for the support they have given him to achieve this. There are three reasons why Ian is doing this ride; the first is he wants to join his good friends Dave, Grant, Liz, James, Harry and Millie in a great adventure, the second is to raise as much money as possible for the special charity, the Chestnut Tree House, and the third reason is the huge personal challenge. Ian wants to be involved in a once in a lifetime event before he’s too old to be able to complete the miles!  Ian would like to take the opportunity to thank TR Fastenings for their sponsorship and support, and to Adam of Kontour cycles in Polegate for his mechanical support and guidance in getting Ian the perfect bike!

Click here to sponsor the team and find out more on their just giving page


Featured Articles: 

Uckfield News - Uckfield cyclists plan 1,000 mile challenge - Tuesday June 24, 2014

Sussex Express – “Bikers hope rain in Spain stays well away” – 11 July 14

Eastbourne Herald – “Cyclists prepare for Barcelona challenge” – 16th July 2014

Uckfield FM – “Ian Carlton, Barcelona Bike Ride” – 27th June 2014