Wednesday, 27 October 2021

London cycle race was amazing, says charity rider

A MAN who took part in a 100-mile cycle race involving 20,000 riders says it was an unbelievable experience.

A MAN who took part in a 100-mile cycle race involving 20,000 riders says it was an unbelievable experience.

Richard Lawrence completed the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday in less than six hours.

He said: “It was amazing as the roads were chock-full of bikes. It was just unbelievable.”

Mr Lawrence, who lives in Twyford and works at the Signals digital agency in Market Place, Henley, raised £630 for the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed, where his mother-in-law Gillian McDonald was cared for before her death.

He was one of 130 riders supporting the charity who between them raised more than £60,000.

Mr Lawrence said: “This was the third race I’ve done. The first was Ride for Ryder two years ago, when I raised £500.

“Last year I did the Isle of Wight Solent Challenge, which was 70 miles, and raised £200. I might do something for a lymphoma charity next year.”

Sunday’s race around London and through Surrey was also completed by brothers Jonny and Ben Bradish, whose father Paul is the rector of St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Shiplake.

They were raising money for Twyford charity Daisy’s Dream, which supports children who suffer the loss of a loved one and employs their sister Laura.

Ben, 20, who is a student at the University of Sheffield, said: “Both my brother and I finished the race, which was the main aim. We did it in seven hours, four minutes.

“We are both quite sore and relieved to have finished but it was a great day. The atmosphere was brilliant, everyone was supporting each other and the streets were packed.”

The brothers, who are former pupils of the Piggott School in Wargrave, raised £400 and are now considering racing again.

Ben said: “In the immediate future we are just recovering but our elder brother Chris is thinking of picking up a bike and the three of us may do the race again next year.”

lAndrew Sykes, head of languages at Gillotts School in Henley, is currently riding 5,000km from Greece to Portugal, taking in 10 countries.

It’s a follow-up ride to the one he made from Reading to Italy in 2010 and then wrote a book called Good Vibrations: Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie.

Mr Sykes said: “Gillotts have been kind enough to allow me an extra three weeks of holiday.”

He is also planning to write about his latest trip. Follow his progress at

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