Grantham’s charity cyclists conquer ‘almost biblical’ weather

Chris and Roger Graves after the charity cycle race.
Chris and Roger Graves after the charity cycle race.
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Undeterred by stormy weather, a father and son along with a dad and his daughter all joined 20,700 other cyclists in Sunday’s Prudential RideLondon 2014.

Due to the charity cycle event coinciding with the tail end of tropical storm Bertha, organisers decided to cut the 100 mile route to 86 miles, avoiding the potentially precarious climbs of Box Hill and Leith Hill in Surrey.

Brittany hugs her father Stewart after completing the course.

Brittany hugs her father Stewart after completing the course.

However the adverse weather was not completely avoided, as described by Roger Graves who joined his son Chris to cycle in aid of the Bone Cancer Research Trust.

“Chris completed the course in four hours 36 minutes, whereas I started an hour later and then along with thousands got hit by torrential rain, turning Richmond Park and surrounding roads into fast flowing rivers where everybody came to a halt for 30 minutes in monsoon conditions,” he said.

Grantham rotarian Roger and Chris, who works for sports charity Inspire+, praised organisers and spectators who stood out in the rain to cheer them on, as well as thanking their supporters who have enabled them to raise £2,365 so far for the Bone Cancer Research Trust.

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Also braving the conditions were Stewart Maher and his daughter Brittany Maher-Kirk, who got on their bikes for Diabetes UK where Brittany works.

Stewart, owner of Maher Millard Construction, said: “The conditions on the day were almost biblical. We faced rain, wind, hail and thunder on the way round, but I didn’t let any of that spoil my ride”, and it clearly didn’t as he crossed the finishing line after 5 hours 52 minutes.

Despite suffering five punctures in the first 25 miles, Brittany completed the course in 7 hours 33 minutes, and said: “I really enjoyed the whole thing and cannot wait to sign up for next year as I want to be able to say I’ve defeated the Surrey Hills.”

You can add to their current total of £2,227 for Diabetes UK via their Just Giving page