Richard does parents proud

Richard Hortin of Gordon with his medal from completing his cycle from Manchester to London in 24hrs to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support.
Richard Hortin of Gordon with his medal from completing his cycle from Manchester to London in 24hrs to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Many people do things for charity for many reasons but for one Gordon man a recent fundraising mission was

particularly poignant.

Sales manager Richard Hortin lost both of his parents to cancer in 2006 and 2010 and after the cause was a massive support to him and his family, decided to complete the recent Ride UK24 event - cycling from the national velodrome in Manchester to the Olympic stadium in a day - in aid of Macmillan.

The 250-mile route, organised by Action Challenge began with a brutal stage through the Peak District then continued on through Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, then via Windsor into Central London.

A sprint down the Mall at 7am gave Richard an awesome experience he’ll never forget. He finished in a mighty fine time of 21 hours 22 minutes and speaking to The Berwickshire a week later, he was still on a massive high, despite nursing some sore limbs.

Richard said: “I wasn’t convinced it was such a good idea for a few days after when I was aching all over but now I’m really pleased I did it.

“I first had the idea of doing it around Christmas and then when I joined the event page I made friends with some of the other lads doing it.

“The camaraderie all the way along was fantastic; everyone was egging each other on.”

After each stage of the 250 mile journey, Richard and his fellow cyclists stopped for a break to stretch and take in food and drink, and he was happy to report that other than having to swiftly avoid a drunken skirmish, the cycle was uneventful.

“Thankfully I didn’t get any punctures, cramp or anything like that,” he said.

“Four of us veered off course at one point after missing a direction arrow at 2am and then we gave a fight outside a nightclub in High Wycombe a wide berth as we were passing through!

“I don’t only feel proud in myself but proud to have done something else for Macmillan. I’m on around £700 at the moment and have raised about £6000 in total for them.”