[caption id="attachment_6216" align="aligncenter" width="640"] On the South Downs in June[/caption]
With the anniversary of last year's Olympics upon us, there's been much coverage in the media of the Games's legacy over the past week or so. We've heard already of Michael Jamieson's efforts in helping to secure a legacy for swimming. Today, it's great to hear of a member of staff's participation in another legacy event scheduled for this weekend.
[caption id="attachment_6217" align="alignleft" width="250"] Ready for the challenge and fundraising![/caption]
Chris Marston, Business Development Manager - Education at The Consortium is taking part in Sunday's Ride London 100, a cycling challenge through the closed roads of London and the Surrey Hills. The course is a modified version of the London 2012 Olympic Road Race, the scene of Sir Bradley Wiggins's triumph last year.
As you can see, Chris is using his personal challenge to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer. Chris says on his Virgin Money Giving page:
"Just before Christmas 2011 a great friend of mine lost her courageous battle with cancer, she was married with 3 children. Within a few months her father also lost his battle. This double tragedy had a massive impact on their families and the huge number of people lucky enough to have been their friends. Any positive care and support for families who face such a tragedy is of great comfort."
He also adds:
"Over the years I have been a keen participant in many sports. Following multiple operations on both knees I am unable to participate as much as I would like, therefore cycling 100 miles in a day in this incredible Ride London 100 will be a big ask. However thinking of the help needed by my friends family and many in similar situations will give me the inspiration to get through."
Chris's ride starts in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then takes to the roads and hills through Surrey, before finishing back in London on The Mall. Around 20,000 cyclists will be taking part before, as Chris says on his Publicity Form:
"The professionals will race the route after us amateurs have finished (hopefully)".
Go on Chris, show those professionals just how to do it!