A team of Foxtons cyclists has raised £2,430 (and counting!) for London's Air Ambulance by completing the rain-soaked Prudential RideLondon-Surrey on Sunday.
Our group of both veteran and novice riders joined over 100,000 other participants at the popular event on Sunday. The gruelling route started in the early hours in Stratford, crossing through Central London and heading west through Richmond Park and out as far as Forest Green in the Surrey Hills.
The return took in Box Hill and Leatherhead before snaking back through Wimbledon and over Putney Bridge before an exciting finish on The Mall. Katie Hendra, Michael Grant, Eduard Pistea, Stuart Bennett, James Barker and James Blackler all completed the route for London Air Ambulance, while other Foxtons riders took part to raise money for other good causes.
Katie Hendra described the challenging conditions on the day:
“One word sums up Ride London: soggy. Everything was soggy from the first mile, but even in the rain and gales the experience was unforgettable!”
James Blackler agreed that the weather added an extra level of difficulty for the riders:
"Sunday was the toughest RideLondon that I’ve taken part in, but the event was incredibly well run, and despite the terrible weather there was still an incredible atmosphere around the riders and supporters."
Stuart Bennett, completing his third RideLondon in a row, was delayed by three punctures as well as the wind and rain:
"It wasn’t about doing it in the quickest possible time in the end, it was about just surviving the course, unscathed and making it back home all in one piece!"
Eduard Pistea enjoyed the sense of achievement after completing the course surrounded by fellow fundraisers:
"I feel a great sense of satisfaction that will stay with me for a long time. All I know is that I’d love to do it again and be part of this big group working together towards a common goal."
Foxtons has supported London Air Ambulance since 2016, becoming an official partner to the charity and providing crucial funds to add a second helicopter and keep the life-saving service running. Sponsorship, as well as employee fundraising initiatives like RideLondon, contribute to the £8.7 million annual running costs of this life-saving service.