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The 'Ride 100' experience - in Mark's own words.....

Mark Waring-Jones on the Mall at the end of the 100 milesMark Waring-Jones on the Mall at the end of the 100 milesMark Waring-Jones completed his 100 mile Ride London 'experience' raising funds for Alzheimer's Society on Sunday last week, the very day that we were confronted by a proper 'English Summer'.  This is the story of the day in his own words.....

 

All completed and what a fantastic day it was.  Although it rained from beginning to end and the wind at times nearly blew me off the bike I’m pleased to say I completed the route in 7hrs and 2 minutes. 

The day was full of highs and lows the main high being the support along the way from the soaked crowds lining the route and my wife and daughter seeing me ride down the Mall at the end. 

The low being unfortunately there was a fatality at the bottom of Leith Hill where a man suffered a heart attack and sadly never recovered.  At this point I was just making my way up Leith Hill only to be stopped from descending, we then waited for a police escort down the hill before being let past to continue with the ride.  We were all aware something serious had happened but only found out the details on Monday. 

The race organisers then took the decision to divert us around Box Hill as conditions were becoming extremely dangerous. 

At this point I was supposed to meet my sister with more energy gels and a little food but could barely see a few feet in front of me and missed her.  I then made the decision to just keep going and at 84 miles in stopped for a packet of crisps and a top up of water.  Feeling pretty good my thoughts were steering me to the finish line so within minutes I was back on the water logged roads and heading back into London.  Wimbledon hill had a little sting in its tail but I managed to keep moving and once over it was all downhill, well most of it.

The support was almost overwhelming at points and I now realise what people mean when they say it will push you all the way.  Turning through Horse Guards and into the Mall I stood up and as I promised myself I sprinted to the finish turning to my left and seeing both my wife (Emma) and daughter (Amber) on the finish line.

A truly amazing day and one to never be forgotten, I have now raised over £1200 and nearly £1500 with gift aid so a massive thank you to all the people who donated. 

I will be signing up for next year as it is an experience I would love to repeat.

 

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