Haverhill cyclist to hit the Olympic trail for charity

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A keen amateur cyclist from Haverhill will be taking on the challenge of completing a 100 mile journey on two wheels to raise money for poorly children.

Duncan Thomas, from Trinity Link, will be among the 28,000 or so cyclists taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday, August 10.

The 53-year-old production worker at IFF in Haverhill participated in the event last year, raising £800 for Breast Cancer Research in memory of his late mum who died from the disease.

This year he has opted to raise money for Children with Cancer, saying: “This year I thought I would try and do it for the youngsters.”

Last year Mr Thomas expected to complete the 100 mile event in six to seven hours, but managed to do it in five, so knows what to expect.

The route follows the London 1012 Olympics road race course, starting at the Olympic Park in Stratford and heading out into Surrey before returning to the capital and finishing in The Mall.

He enjoyed the experience so much last year that he decided to enter again.

“It was tremendous last year. You sort of got caught up in the euphoria of it all and that sort of dragged you along,” he explained.

“It was such a good event and so enjoyable and obviously I had raised some money for charity so I thought this time I would try and raise a few pounds for Children with Cancer.”

Mr Thomas is a keen cyclist who is a member of Haverhill Cycling Club, which goes out most Sunday mornings and one night in the week.

He aims to put in about 150 miles per week in order to be as ready for the event as possible.

He has received help in his fund-raising ambitions from two local businesses. Aerocycles in Maple Park, Falconer Road, Haverhill has put a donation box in its shop, while the Woolpack pub in Queen Street has done likewise.

Mr Thomas, who has one son and lives with his partner, added: “Ideally I would like to beat last year’s time If possible, that’s the goal I have set myself but hopefully I will raise a few pounds while doing it.”

To donate to Mr Thomas’s fund-raising goal please go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/duncanthomas1.