Two dedicated shopping Centre staff are gearing up for an epic 100 mile cycling challenge to raise money for vital charities.
Martin Davis, Operations Manager at Prospect Shopping Centre, and Shaun Dart, the Centre’s security supervisor, are undertaking the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 in a bid to raise money for Diabetes UK as well as Teenage Cancer Trust, the Centre’s nominated charity.
The pair are already in training for the feat and will be racing alongside more than 25,000 amateur cyclists to negotiate leg-testing climbs on a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists.
Shaun said: “It’s the first time I’ve ever taken on such a big physical challenge, but I’m determined to accomplish it. Martin and I have been training a few times but I think it’s about time we ramped it up a bit to get ourselves prepared.
“Teenage Cancer Trust is the Centre’s nominated charity this year and together we have already raised £410 with more donations to follow . Hopefully with our cycling efforts we can get it over the £800 plus mark.”
The ride, which takes place on Sunday, August 2, starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, goes out through London to Surrey’s stunning country roads and hills before returning to the capital to finish in spectacular style on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
Martin has personally chosen to raise money for Diabetes UK and hopes to race past the £800 target he smashed after completing the challenge last year.
He said: “I can’t think of a better way of raising much-needed funds for this great charity. Last year’s event was exhilarating and I am delighted that one of my colleagues is joining me when I return this year.
“Diabetes affects so many people and I hope that this challenge goes some way towards helping publicise and support a terrific charity which helps those suffering with it.”
The Prudential Ride London – Surrey raised more than £10 million in 2014, a record for a UK one-day cycling event.
Shortly after the charity ride finishes 150 professional cyclists will mount to race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on a similar route.