Amateur cyclist Diane Lightfoot, 41, from Bromley, is set to cycle 100 miles in aid of a charity close to her heart as she prepare for the August 10th RideLondon event.

A self-described “fair weather cyclist”, Diane is Director of Policy and Communications for the national disability charity United Response. The charity supports people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and physical disabilities across England and Wales.

Diane said: “My family have all long been into cycling, though I’ve never been in the same league; I’m a happy but sporadic leisure cyclist.

“But when I found out that United Response had places in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, I thought this was my opportunity to see what I could do if I put my mind – and legs – to it.

“I’m really enjoying training and getting out in the fresh air, and, after giving my bike some much needed TLC, I’m definitely getting fitter.”

So far, Diane has garnered the support of family and friends, and has even convinced her father to take part in the challenge with her. Initially, Dad Jeff, who used to regularly cycle over 100 miles in a day, assisted with training Diane for the event, but the duo are now set to take part together in aid of United Response.

Diane explained: “I think he figured if he was going to help with my training, he might as well get in on the action!

“Having worked for United Response for 10 years, I have seen first-hand how money raised has such a positive impact on the lives of people we support with learning disabilities and mental health needs.”

RideLondon places are still available until Friday May 9th.