Following John’s successful ride from London to Paris in 2016 he felt the urge to raise more funds for the British Heart Foundation. However, as he was suffering with a leg injury, on this occasion John wanted something with a shorter distance. Determined to do something John chose the London to Brighton bike ride.
So it was that at 8.30 on the morning of Sunday 16th June 2019 John (number 12224) set off on his bike from London facing a 54 mile ride to Brighton.
When he set out the weather had turned. It was blowing a gale and pouring with rain. John said it was a really gloomy day but the crowds in London were cheering all 20,000 plus riders which made him forget all about the weather.
John would usually continue riding whilst taking on fluids but because it was so windy it was too dangerous so he would stop regularly. Unfortunately John noticed a lot of riders who had not taken any notice of the dangerous weather conditions. As a result he saw several crumpled bikes and riders receiving help at the side of the road throughout his journey.
As he came to the end of the cycle, riding down the Brighton promenade, huge crowds had gathered willing all the weary riders to the finish line. All John remembers is the feeling of real achievement.
John is very proud to say that he completed the ride in 6 hours and 19 minutes and has raised £300 for the British Heart Foundation.
Our full congratulations go out, once again, to John. We only wonder what he might do next!