Mark's Exodus ride for Keynsham Transition a success

Published on: 09 Sep 2013

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Cups of tea and the thought of the projects he would be helping to fund both kept Mark Penny going during a 114-mile overnight cycle ride last month. 

Mark, a member of Keynsham’s Transition Group, was in the saddle for nine hours and 20 minutes when he joined the challenging Exmouth Exodus.

Leaving Bristol from the Clifton Suspension Bridge at 9.15pm on August 17, Mark was one of 260 people taking on the overnight ride to arrive in the seaside town early the next morning.

The route featured many challenges, including Cheddar Gorge and the steep climbs at Burrington Combe and Blagdon Hill, as well as a number of welcoming pitstops for tea and cake. Mark said: “I set off on the last 30 odd miles to Exmouth – the sun was rising, the light getting better by the minute and the realisation I had made it through the night without the need to fall asleep once was great.”

The ride has raised £360 for the Transition Group, whose activities include growing vegetables at the Plot in the Park, litter-picking, a knitting group, film showings and more. People can still donate money and find out more about Transition Keynsham at

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