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Cy­clists tak­ing part in this year’s Ride Lon­don/Sur­rey Clas­sic

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries THIS week­end thou­sands of spec­ta­tors will take to the streets to watch the cy­clists in The RideLon­don Sur­rey race.

Some of the world’s most fa­mous cy­clists will race through west Lon­don in the Pru­den­tial RideLon­don Sur­rey Clas­sic on Sun­day be­fore loop­ing round through the Sur­rey coun­try­side and back to The Mall to fin­ish.

But as well as the pros tak­ing to the roads, the ex­tended three-day cy­cling ex­trav­a­ganza also al­lows am­a­teur cy­clists to get in­volved, with sev­eral races tak­ing place on Satur­day and Sun­day, in­clud­ing the RideLon­don Sur­rey 100.

The 100-mile course fol­lows much of the Clas­sic route, start­ing in Queen El­iz­a­beth Olympic Park and also end­ing in The Mall in cen­tral Lon­don.

We have spo­ken to some of those tak­ing part in the 100-miler, and got to the bot­tom of the reasons why they are tak­ing on the challenge.

Nigel from Pin­ner will be rais­ing funds for the Michael So­bell hos­pice in North­wood and is cy­cling the 100-mile event in me­mory of his fa­ther who re­ceived care there be­fore los­ing his bat­tle with can­cer in 2008.

The hos­pice is based at Mount Vernon hos­pi­tal in North­wood and con­tains a 16 bed in-pa­tient unit and day ther­apy cen­tre to cater for pa­tients, but needs £1.6mil­lion a year to pro­vide the care re­quired.

Speak­ing of the ride, Mr Wake­field said: “My fa­ther (Alan Charles Wake­field) re­ceived won­der­ful care at Michael So­bell Hos­pice whilst he bat­tled against ter­mi­nal can­cer.

“Although the fu­ture for him wasn’t good, it was com­fort­ing to know he was treated with the up­most dig­nity and re­spect while re­ceiv­ing treat­ment. When he even­tu­ally lost his bat­tle, hos­pice staff were com­pas­sion­ate, re­as­sur­ing and won­der­ful for my fam­ily, in what was a very emo­tional time. I feel cy­cling 100 miles is noth­ing com­pared to the tremen­dous work car­ried out at Michael So­bell Hos­pice on a daily ba­sis.”

You can spon­sor Mr Wake­field as he em­barks on his 100-mile challenge on his Just Giv­ing page, where he is hop­ing to raise £500 for the charity.

David, a ho­tel man­ager from Eal­ing will be pedalling in aid of a much-loved com­mu­nity sports ser­vice in Brent­ford. The 36-year-old meet­ing and events sales man­ager at Hol­i­day Inn Lon­don - Brent­ford Lock hopes to raise £750 for Brent­ford FC’s Com­mu­nity Sports Trust. (CST)

Mr O’Con­nor said: “I first be­came aware of the work of the Trust when I took up my role at the ho­tel a cou­ple of years back, and have a great ad­mi­ra­tion for what they do to pro­mote and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­clu­sive sports par­tic­i­pa­tion in our area.

“Know­ing that my ef­forts will help this spe­cial cause and will ben­e­fit peo­ple of all ages lo­cally will re­ally spur me on as I pre­pare for the big day.”

The Brent­ford FC football in the Com­mu­nity Pro­gramme is aimed at en­gag­ing football clubs with their com­mu­ni­ties through par­tic­i­pa­tion, so­cial in­clu­sion and en­gage­ment as well as de­liv­er­ing 32 sports.

Make a do­na­tion to the col­lec­tion box in the ho­tel re­cep­tion or do­nate on­line at Vir­gin Money Giv­ing.

n GOOD CAUSES: David O’Con­nor, above and be­low, Nigel Wake­field will be tak­ing part in the Ride Lon­don/Sur­rey event this week­end

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