RideLondon - London to Surrey 100

Every year thousands of amateur cyclists participate in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 – a 100 mile challenge on the same closed roads as the professionals, with the added incentive of raising money for good causes.

This year I joined 26,000 cyclists! I was riding for Alzheimer’s Society and there were 550 in Alzheimer’s Society team. Thank you everyone for sponsoring, supporting and praying for me. I raised approximately £2,000 for Alzheimer’s Society.

I sadly didn’t do the full 100 miles due to serious accidents and having to be detoured. I completed 74 miles in 6 hours and 48 minutes. I am disappointed not to have done 100 miles, but I still rose to the challenge. Cycling in the centre of London with roads closed and cycling in Surrey was a wonderful achievement. Riding under Admiralty Arch before finishing on The Mall is something I’ll never forget.

On a serious note please can you hold the family of Robin Chad in your prayers. Robin sadly passed away at the event. Robin was riding to raise money for Cancer Research UK, after both his dad and stepdad died from lung cancer.

Alzheimer’s Society have said that I can cycle again for them next year, so hopefully I can finish the 100.

Three days after the ride we had Summer Club 2016 at Bilton Area. Bad planning by me, but the team was looking forward to doing summer club in the new building. This was our fifth summer club and the theme was ‘Polar Explorers’. The building was decorated based on North and South Pole. The groups were Penguins, Seals, Arctic Foxes, Polar Bears, and Arctic Wolves. The children were explorers who went on a mini-expedition each day to learn about a New Testament character.

How wonderful it was to share the ‘good news’ with 63children. Six out of the seven schools in Bilton had children represented. The Summer Club celebration was packed with 20 children from Summer Club and their families attending. I would like to thank the team for decorating, planning the programme, and providing the refreshments.

Mr Matthew Lunn