Police Support Officer urges others to RideLondon

Police Support Officer urges others to RideLondon
Police Support Officer urges others to RideLondon

Police Support Officer urges others to RideLondon

Pete Johnson, from Leek, in Staffordshire, is urging cyclists to snap up a limited number of charity places for this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, one of the leading cycling events in the world.

Pete, aged 39, completed the 100-mile event in 2016, after securing one of Caudwell Children’s charity places.

The Staffordshire based charity, which provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has recently announced that it has secured a limited number of places for this year’s ride, on Sunday 16th August, 2020.

And now Pete, who works as a Community Support Officer for Staffordshire Police, wants others to enjoy the experience and raise much needed funds for Caudwell Children. As he explained: “I had a wonderful time when I took part in RideLondon, it was so rewarding.

“Although it was challenging at times the thing that carries you through is the knowledge that you are doing your bit to transform the lives of disabled children.

“But I have to stress you don’t have to be an elite cyclist to complete the challenge and I know a number of hobbyist riders who took part and comfortably finished the ride.

“It’s not all about being at the front it’s as much about the taking part.

“This, combined with the exhilaration of completing such a challenge, makes these charity places an unmissable opportunity.”

This year’s event will be part of Caudwell Children’s #Team20 celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the charity’s foundation.

Throughout 2020 Caudwell Children is encouraging people to engage with the charity in a number of ways, like taking part in a fundraising event, volunteering for the charity, or raising awareness of the charity’s services, in order to join their #Team20.

Pete says the event was also a great cycling experience. He said: “To be able to ride a closed road race, on such a famous course, was fantastic. There were thousands of people cheering the riders on, and I’m so glad that I got the chance to do it.”

The spectacular event, starting from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in Stratford, follows a route of closed roads through the capital before heading into Surrey’s stunning countryside.

With approximately 100,000 cyclists having applied for the 26,000 available places in the event, there were large numbers left disappointed when the public ballot closed in early January 2020.

Now Pete and the charity is calling on cycling fanatics and keen riders to push their mind and body to the extreme by taking on the ride in aid of Caudwell Children. And what’s more, unlike many charities, 100% of the money each cyclist raises will go directly to the children that Caudwell Children support.

Kate Sherwin, from Caudwell Children, says that those wishing to ride in the event should contact the charity immediately to avoid disappointment. As she explained: “It’s not surprise that this event is so popular as it gives amateur cyclists the opportunity to test themselves on an Olympic course.

“Developed by the Mayor of London in 2013, this will be the eighth time that the event has been run and its getting bigger and better each year!

“The best action is broadcast live on TV in the UK and internationally, and is seen by an audience of millions. It’s simply an iconic event, which is why it’s so oversubscribed.

“But for a registration fee of just £25, and a commitment to raise £500 of sponsorship, you could be triumphantly crossing the finishing line, on The Mall, on the 31st August.”

Tens of thousands of spectators, from the UK and overseas, will once again line the route to watch 150 professional riders race in the Prudential RideLondon – Surrey Classic, shortly after the conclusion of the Surrey 100.

Kate was keen to stress that fundraising shouldn’t deter those who are keen to take part in the event. She said: “The Challenge Events Team will support riders in the build up to the race and will give pointers on how to go about fundraising. We will also supply cyclists with a Fundraising Pack to get them started.

“Riding for the charity is a vastly rewarding and our cause is so compelling that we find members of the public are happy to support our cyclists.

“Money raised for Caudwell Children will allow us to provide even more specialist equipment, treatments and therapies to disabled children across the UK, helping them to lead happy, active and independent lives.”

To receive an application form email: kate.sherwin@caudwellchildren.com or visit the web page here.

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