Sunday, 22 October 2017

100-mile charity ride in memory of mother-in-law

A MAN from Henley is to join Britain’s biggest cycling race this weekend to raise money for Sue Ryder.

A MAN from Henley is to join Britain’s biggest cycling race this weekend to raise money for Sue Ryder.

Richard Lawrence will be among 20,000 cyclists taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 in and around London.

The 100-mile ride on Sunday will begin at the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and finish on The Mall.

Mr Lawrence, 44, a business application designer with Henley digital agency Signals, chose to raise money for Sue Ryder because his mother-in-law, Gillian McDonald, was cared for at the charity’s Nettlebed hospice before her death.

He raised £500 for the charity when he took part in Ride for Ryder in 2011.

Mr Lawrence has cycled more than 1,200 miles in training for this weekend’s event.

He said: “I’ve had coughs, colds, mechanical issues and family commitments with two young children as well as suffering from plain old fatigue.

“Out on an empty road, alone on a cold Sunday morning, I would sometimes question what on earth I was doing but then I would think of the event and how I would want to do my best on the day.

“Gradually my rides have got longer — 15, 25, 35, 40, 50 and, more recently, 70 miles.

“I’m lucky enough to live in the foothills of the Chilterns and most lunchtimes are spent riding.

“My work colleagues have been very supportive and I’m so grateful. My family, especially my wife Fiona, has been so supportive and helped me to find time to ride. I am on target to raise over £500 thanks to family, friends and colleagues.”

Organisers of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 hope to make it the largest charity cycling event in the world.

For more information, visit www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk

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