This year’s Ride Of Life (RoL) – held once again in aid of the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) – took place on Thursday 19th September
Starting from The Bridge Hotel, Reigate, 18 intrepid riders took to their saddles and – in four different groups – pedalled a 100 kilometre circular route. Fiendishly designed by Sean Starkey and Steve Robinson, the route involved as much as 4,000 feet of climbing, including the iconic ascents of Box Hill and Leith Hill – which were part of the gruelling 2012 Olympics road cycling course: “Those were a bit tough for some of the guys, but they still managed it.” reported Starkey proudly.
Certainly, the conditions for the RoL could not have been better for the five or so hours that the riders were out on the road. They were also supported and followed all the way round the course by the Brother Service Car, which was organised by Phil Jones from Brother and provided by Neutral Services, the sponsor of four professional cycling teams.
Strong support was also welcomed from the ICR, whose COO Charmaine Griffiths waved the riders off at the start of the day and whose business development director Lara Jukes gave an inspiring talk at the gala dinner back at The Bridge Hotel at the end of the ride. Also inspiring was the talk given by current cancer patient and keen cyclist Christine O’Connell, who is now actively trialling a ground breaking drug that has recently been developed by the ICR.
This year’s many miles of pedalling have so far raised £9.5k, which – added to last years’ total of £19.5k and with more donations promised – means that more than £29k has now been raised to date for the ICR over the two RoL events.
If you would like to donate, you can still do so until the end of the year by going to www.justgiving.com/ fundraising/seanstarkeyrideoflife2019.
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