On Sunday 30th July, our sterling team of #RideforRefugees riders took part in the famous Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 as part of Team Children on the Edge, raising nearly £8000 for our work with refugee children around the world.
The event celebrates the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, it's a truly spectacular event with an epic finish on The Mall in central London.
Our five riders were husband and wife team Chris and Deborah Taylor, partners Marc Grierson and Leanne Chester, and our fastest rider - Pietro Rocco (who was too quick for our team photo above!). For all team members, it was their first ever Ride London, who were excited, but also a little apprehensive before the big day. Our Fundraising Officer, Amy went up to the finish line in Green Park to meet our amazing team of fundraisers as they completed this huge challenge.
Pietro completed the 100 mile route in an impressive 6 hours 37 minutes and was the first of our riders over the line. Pietro also raised an incredible £1645 for us via his Virgin Money page. Next to arrive was Leanne, who'd had an unfortunate accident at 30 miles in and was unable to finish the event. She was incredibly upset not to have been able to complete the route, but is determined to come back next year to finish what she started. She arrived back to the finish line to cheer on her partner, Marc. Both Marc and Leanne, together with their eldest son Jacob raised £1428 for Children on the Edge - an amazing achievement.
Deborah arrived soon after in a hugely impressive 7 hours 13 minutes, with Marc following shortly after in 8 hours 16 minutes. Our final rider, Chris, arrived back in 8 hours 24 minutes to join his super speedy wife, Deborah! Chris and Deborah managed to raise a whopping £4866 for Children on the Edge.
All the team finished with smiles on their faces, having enjoyed a brilliant, but challenging day on their bikes.
Could you take on the Ride London challenge on Sunday 29th July 2018? We have charity places available, find out more and apply.