Plucky amateur cyclists Diane Lightfoot, 42, from Bromley, and her father Jeff are training for a 100-mile cycling challenge for United Response: the 2015 RideLondon event.

The third Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will set off from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park along a 100-mile route through the capital’s closed roads and the picturesque Surrey countryside, before ending at the Mall - following the London 2012 Olympic route.

Diane, our director of fundraising and communications, said: “After a lifetime within a family of keen cyclists, I finally gave in last year and began training for my first RideLondon along with my Dad, which was a tough but enjoyable challenge.

“Last year, bad weather prohibited us and others from completing the full course, and we thought this was a good enough excuse to take part again.

“Training is proving marginally easier than it was previously, though we are still looking for as much support as possible ahead of the big day.”

Keeping it in the family

So far, Diane has received support from family and friends, and her father has agreed to take part in the closed-road event alongside her for a second consecutive year.

Last year Jeff, who used to regularly cycle over 100 miles in a day, helped out with training Diane for the event before agreeing to participate, but the pair agreed early on this year that they would take part in the Prudential RideLondon – Surrey 100 together in aid of United Response.

RideLondon places are still available - ride alongside Diane!

Diane is hoping a few more riders will join the charity’s team ahead of the sign-up deadline and is looking forward to the crowd of supporters cheering on cyclists on the day.

Diane explained: “Last year’s fundraising went well and did great things for the charity as a team of staff members and United Response supporters took part. This year, I am hoping to continue raising funds for the charity’s important work across the country.”

RideLondon places for 2016 are available until Friday 27 May! In honour of this dynamic duo we are running some team discounts this year, sign up now and don't miss out! 

Gemma Taylor, media assistant.