International event in Rasen

Some of the team of volunteers manning the Market Rasen control point.
Some of the team of volunteers manning the Market Rasen control point.

A massive sporting event came to Market Rasen this month, going largely unnoticed by most of the town’s residents.

Almost 1,000 competitors, from more than 30 countries, took part in this year’s LEL challenge, riding the 1,400 kilometres from London to Edinburgh and back again in less than five days.

Hampshire cyclist Christopher Phillips and Germany's Jochen Kaiser prepare to head off on the next leg, to Pocklington, watched by Christopher's brother Gerry, from Lincoln, and volunteers Daniel Grassey, right, and Tony Hurd.

Hampshire cyclist Christopher Phillips and Germany's Jochen Kaiser prepare to head off on the next leg, to Pocklington, watched by Christopher's brother Gerry, from Lincoln, and volunteers Daniel Grassey, right, and Tony Hurd.

And one of the 13 control points along the route, all manned by dedicated volunteers, was De Aston School, where the cyclists could get refreshments, a shower and a bed to rest on.

“The facilities here are excellent,” said controller for the Market Rasen stop Damon Mason.

“Everyone has been very helpful, especially Stephen Bunney, who has been worth his weight in gold; nothing has been too much trouble for him.”

It was expected ten per cent of riders would fail to finish the course, but full results are yet to be verified and published.

The first rider to get back to London, however, was Anco de Jong, from the Netherlands, in a time of 65 hours.

The challenge started in 1989 and is held every four years.

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