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Saddle Up For The Centenary

4 August 2014

Sunday 10 August is looking like a long day for Alex Lawson. One hundred miles long, to be precise.

Alex, Duty Operations Engineer at the London Bridge Station redevelopment, will be cycling for much of that day to raise funds for Tommy’s, a charity that provides support for those who have suffered stillbirths or premature babies. 

The Prudential RideLondon 100 starts at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London, winds its way through Surrey, then re-enters the capital with the finishing straight on The Mall – scene of the finish of the recent Tour de France stage. Around 24,000 people are due to take part in the mass ride.

Riders are allowed to take up to 10 hours to complete the course, but Alex is aiming to do it in less than five.

He decided to enter the event representing Tommy’s after a stillbirth in 2012. 

He only recommenced cycling after a skiing accident some years ago. Waiting for an operation on his knees and banned from jogging, he took up cycling as a way of keeping fit, as it was a lower-impact form of exercise.

Looking for something to do to assist a charity involved in stillbirths, he decided to combine that with his exercise regime. Tommy’s had places available for volunteers wanting to support it in the RideLondon 100 event.

“Normally Tommy’s needs you to have £650 in sponsorship, but they had spare places.” However, he set his own target of £1,300 and is already up to £1,015.

With the event looming, Alex is getting in as much practice as he can, “But not as much as I would like. I’m following a generic training programme. I’m doing around four hours a week and will hopefully do a bit more.”

Any colleagues wishing to support Alex can contribute here.





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