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Prudential RideLondon: Charley’s blog


Firstly, I’m feeling a little nervous now that this 100-mile cycle ride is so close as I had hoped to have done more training than I have. I took part in the Prudential RideLondon 100 for the first time last year, completing it alone in 5 hours 30 minutes in hurricane weather and including stopping to fix a flat tyre. Despite the weather, the atmosphere on the day was absolutely amazing – everyone was soaked through but remained positive and jolly all the way round. There was so much support on the streets from people who cheered all of the riders on and encouraged you to keep going. There was a real feeling of excitement and camaraderie on a level I have never experienced before.

I love cycling, it’s a big part of my life, and I am often signing up to do events, but I particularly wanted to do this one as it was around London and Surrey (where I live) on closed roads, which was a first for me. I had heard that the atmosphere was incredible and wanted to be a part of that. The most enjoyable part had to be crossing the finishing line! I felt a huge sense of accomplishment as it was the furthest I had ever cycled in one day on my own and to get through the event in the worst weather conditions was a great feeling. I also really loved the atmosphere, particularly when cycling to the finish up The Mall towards Buckingham Palace – it was emotional!!

I took part in the event for Greenhouse Sports and chose to raise money for them because I really believe that they make a significant, positive difference to young people’s lives. I have seen first-hand what the specialist coaches across programmes are achieving with their young people in terms of confidence and personal development, and how much better off every individual is when they are part of a Greenhouse Sports programme. It is inspirational to see what some of the young people have achieved and I wanted to do my bit to make sure that keeps going.

Last year, I raised money by mainly posting updates on Facebook. I kept people informed with the training I was doing and why I wanted to raise money for this charity – this year has been a little harder due to my lack of training! I also set up a Just Giving page for people to donate to and created a paper version so people could donate without going online which some people found a lot easier, I then collected money when I had finished. My friends and family were very generous and all of them helped by sharing my posts with their friends which created more funds. I found it fairly easy to raise the money I wanted and managed to exceed the amount required.

To anyone thinking of getting involved in an event I would say definitely do it. The money you raise goes such a long way to helping the young people on our programmes and makes such a difference to their lives. You are fully supported along the way and the feeling when you finish a challenging event makes the whole thing worth it.

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