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