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Grantham cyclists keep it in the family as they prepare for 100km London ride

Roger Graves and his son Chris are taking part in the RideLondon 100 cycle event.

Roger Graves and his son Chris are taking part in the RideLondon 100 cycle event.

A bank manager and his son and a business owner and his daughter are all taking part in a challenging 100 mile bike ride from London in aid of charity.

HSBC manager Roger Graves and his son Chris are taking part in the second Prudential RideLondon2014 and raising funds for Bone Cancer Research Trust.

And Stewart Maher, owner of Maher Millard Construction, and Brittany Maher-Kirk, who works for Diabetes UK, are taking part in the event because Type 2 diabetes runs in the family.

The event takes place on Sunday, August 10, and is a 100 mile bike ride starting at the Queen Elizabeth Park (Olympic Stadium) and cotinuing through the closed streets of London and then out into the rolling hills of Surrey. Ater 70 miles riders take on the world famous Box Hill as used in the Olympics before returning back to the capital with the finish line in The Mall. A total of 24,000 cyclists are taking part.

Roger: said “I wanted to do something special and having taking up regular cycling with Chris some 18 months ago we were lucky to get places in the event and both are really looking forward to it”

Bone Cancer Research Trust was founded in 2006 and is dedicated to see more research carried out into this devastating cancer and to improve outcomes for future sufferers. Over one third of bone cancer cases are diagnosed in patients under the age of 30 with the peak age being 15 to 19 years old. Each year around 550 new cases are diagnosed and around 300 people die.

Chris who works for the local sport charity Inspire+ and is working with children all the time said: “We are delighted to support one of the smaller charities who are doing such a great job.”

Anyone who would like to support Roger and Chris can do so at www.virginmoneygiving.com/TeamGraves

Stewart and Brittany, from Haceby, near Grantham, are raising vital funds for Diabetes UK. Brittany said: “Type 2 diabetes runs in our family, so both my Dad and I have both seen how difficult life can be with the condition. My Grandma has been very fortunate with the care she receives, but after having worked for Diabetes UK for two years, I know that a lot of people with diabetes haven’t been so lucky.

“I wanted to complete the Ride100 as it’s a really tough challenge, and at the beginning of the year I hadn’t been on a bike since I was a teenager. I managed to persuade my Dad to do it with me, and we’ve been training really hard together for three months now. I’m really looking forward to the day, and also for my ‘daughter training’ sessions to be over.”

Stewart said: “The first thing I heard about the Ride100 was when an email dropped into my inbox saying ‘thank-you for signing up’. Brittany had decided she wanted to do the cycle to raise some money charity and thought I would make a good trainer! I’ve embraced the surprise, though, and am looking forward to the event. Type 2 diabetes is something that runs in our family, and over the past few years I’ve been making a real effort to keep in shape and reduce my risk of developing the condition.”

To sponsor Brittany and Stewart visit www.justgiving.com/spokesofglory2014 and to find out more information about signing up to a fundraising event for Diabetes UK visit www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Fundraising-events/ or call the Events Fundraising team on 0345 123 2399.

 

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