Charity event turns Plymouth U into downhill mountain bike course
Mountain bikers raced through a transformed Plymouth University campus as part of an event in support of the Looe Monkey Sanctuary.
The campus had been transformed into a downhill racing course for the day with about 80 riders flinging themselves over jumps and obstacles while a crowd of about 2000 watched on. After an afternoon of warming up and getting to know the course, there riders had three chances to complete the course in the shortest possible time.
The event has been running for three years and is the brainchild of Jon Catney, originally from Somerset, who started it when he began studying at Plymouth University.
"I used to walk around campus and look at it from a riding perspective. There are so many possibilities here and each year we have been able to do something different with it," he said.
This year's course included a jump from scaffolding onto a bench, jumps onto wooden steps and a ride down a steep set of stairs.
VIP organises student's volunteering and last year the organisation totalled 15.000 hours of voluntary work. One of the places to benefit from ViP's help was the Looe Monkey Sanctuary who were the main charity chosen for the day's event.
"We are mainly here to raise awareness about the plight of the estimated 5.000 monkeys kept in captivity in the UK and the fact that we are almost at bursting point with calls coming in every week asking us to take care of more monkeys," Hayley Dann from the sanctuary said.