This summer, a total of 13 riders took part in epic cycling challenge RideLondon on behalf of United Response, cycling 100 miles through Surrey and the capital as they followed the route made famous during the 2012 London Olympics.

Jon McKinney, 31, took part in the event alongside two friends, cycling through his home town of Surbiton and beyond on empty roads for the fourth annual sporting event.

Jon, whose mother works for us, said: “I know that United Response is a great charity that does valuable work with some of the most vulnerable adults in our society. 

“Training went well. I used to row competitively and really enjoy running and weights, so I have a base level of fitness. I’ve been on quite a few long-ish rides, but don't think that anything prepared me for the gruelling 100 miles!”

A constant supply of support and snacks

Ahead of the challenge, the trio received support from family and friends, and while busy lives meant that following a training plan was tough, they are all experienced athletes used to a challenge.

Jon’s family and friends lined the streets alongside thousands of other spectators to cheer him on around the course, and he was pleased with his decision to spread them out across the route to ensure a constant supply of cheers and food!

He added, “Riding with a couple of mates definitely helped, and it was a rare opportunity to cycle through London’s closed roads. To do that in Surbiton, where I’m from, was even better.

“United Response does really important work in our local community, and deserves greater recognition for all of its important work, so I’m pleased to have supported them in any small way I could."

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Jon was talking to Natalie Millbank, community and events fundraiser.