Heads On Cyclists Step up a Gear for London-Surrey Bike Ride

Ride London

A huge well done to our Heads On riders, who collectively cycled 800 miles on Sunday 4th August in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey event, raising over £3,500.

Our fabulous riders were; Naomi Creasey, Lucy Delaney, James Hayward, Natalie Hennings, Daniel Louden, Charlotte and Jude Matthews, and Harriett Shelley.

They joined 25,000 amateur cyclists on a 100 mile bike ride through London, out onto Surrey’s country roads, including the Surrey Hills, before heading back to the capital and finishing on the Mall. With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, our remarkable riders did an extraordinary job for a very good cause.

Naomi and Lucy rode specifically for Meadowfield Hospital in Worthing. For Lucy, this was an opportunity to raise money for the garden areas of the hospital she has worked in since it was built!

Naomi said: “This was my third attempt to complete the ride for Heads On so it was now or never! I had a great day and it was an amazing experience to cycle round London.  It meant a lot to know that the money we raised would be used for Meadowfield where we work and the support we received from our colleagues and Heads On was a massive motivation. It was great to share the experience with Lucy and to see the other staff riding for Heads On.”

Unfortunately for some, the day was not all plain sailing. Several significant crashes meant that Charlotte and Jude came to a halt at about 40 miles, and didn't move for 45 minutes or so. However, they completed the ride in a respectable 7 hours and 5 minutes and celebrated with a meal, calling the event and the run up to it “truly a memorable time”. Charlotte and Jude are specifically raising money to equip a calm room for a ward at Mill View Hospital in Hove.

Thank you again to everyone who cycled for Heads On!

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