In just over two months, Diane and her dad Jeff will be bracing themselves to cycle their third consecutive RideLondon-100 for United Response. Diane tells all about her motivations...  

They said it couldn’t be done. They said it shouldn’t be done – and on a freezing day in February when my Dad and I signed up for Ride London, we were quite seriously concerned that it wouldn’t be done!

We are riding again to raise money for United Response, a charity that provides vital support to some of the most vulnerable people in our society. It’s a brilliant cause; admittedly as an employee you could say I’m slightly biased, but it truly is inspirational to meet the people we support and to see how their lives have been transformed by the care and support that our 3600 strong staff team provide around the country.

Ride number three 

I should confess at this point that it’s our third time on RideLondon – which for those of you who don’t know, is a 100 mile (yes that’s 100 miles, not kilometres) ride from the Olympic park in Stratford, down into Surrey and back up - via the famous Box Hill – into central London. It’s based on the 2012 Olympic road race route and that – even when ridden a little more slowly than Wiggo and co – makes for a memorable, if tiring, ride!

We first took part in 2014 and after months of rigorous training (and the odd pub stop…), not-so-scientific research into padded shorts which could last the distance and consuming what felt like several hundred weight of flapjacks, were somewhat thwarted by epic storms in the shape of Hurricane Bertha that saw the route curtailed, roads flooded and cyclists drenched!

Diane and Jeff after RideLondon 2014


Having felt somewhat cheated at riding a mere 86 miles in gale force winds, we of course signed up again and 2015 saw a glorious sunny day, happy cyclists and a exhilarating sprint (ish) finish on The Mall. So we just had to do it again… However, we’ve promised my mum/Jeff’s wife (and cycling training widow) that this is the last time we’ll do it so why not send us off with a bang? You can sponsor us on our fundraising page.   

Last chance to sign up

Why not join us? Sign up for your very own United Response place and get a very stylish cycling jersey into the bargain! The deadline set by RideLondon is 5pm Friday 27th May. You can see more information about our special discount on sponsorship for team signups on the link below. Or you can call Sarah from the fundraising team on 0208 879 4987 to fast track your registration. 

Diane Lightfoot, director of policy and communications.

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