FOUR West Devon men raised a staggering £3,000 for their local community centre after taking part in an arduous cycle challenge.

Last month Mark Knight, Matt Luxton, Mark Boundy and Kevin Marshall took part in the Prudential RideLondon -Surrey 100 cycle ride, to raise money for Lifton Community Centre.

On Sunday, July 29, a total of 27,000 cyclists started from the Olympic Park in London in four minute waves, with the earliest setting off at 6.45am, which included Mark Knight and Matt.

The scenic route passed through Kingston Upon Thames, Walton On Thames, West Horsley, out to Leith Hill, Dorking, the famous Box Hill and Wimbledon finishing on The Mall.

Unfortunately, the cyclists encountered wind and rain for most of the ride, but the weather did not dishearten them in any way.

Matt said: ‘I have been wanting to do an event for my local community and this opportunity came up.

‘My good friend Mark Knight and I both went to primary school in Lifton and enjoyed growing up here so it’s a nice opportunity for us both to give back.

‘I am hoping to run a number of fundraising events for the local public to get involved with such as a charity family fitness session, mud run, mini duathlons and a few others.’

Before the event, Kevin said: ‘I am doing the RideLondon 100 to raise funds for Lifton Community Centre.

‘The community centre opened in January but still needs funds to complete the landscaping, outdoor play area and car park.’

After the challenge, Mark Knight, who finished in four hours and 24 minutes, said it was an ‘awesome’ challenge.

Kevin, who completed it in 6hrs 26 mins, added: ‘I really enjoyed that — although I got very wet.’

Matt finished in 4hrs 40 mins and Mark Boundy completed the ride in 6hrs 8mins.

Together they raised more than £3,030.

If anyone would like to support any of the riders, there is still time, either directly or via followed by the individual’s name.