Springfields Academy's own Community Fundraising Co-Ordinator Kevin Derby will be taking on the Prudential Ride London 100 on the 4th August to raise money for the charity Happy Days.
Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside finishing on The Mall in central London.
Kevin will be joined on the ride by Tom McCulley, Interventions Manager at Springfields Academy. This will be the second time they have taken part in the event.
Kevin told us: "Last year, the weather was appalling. We experienced non-stop rain, energy zapping headwinds and a number of serious accidents that meant the famous Leith and Box hill were closed when we got to them. The closures meant we were only able to complete 86 of the 100 mile route.
"I however was adamant that I wasn’t going home without completing 100 miles, and so I set off from The Mall, to complete the 16 miles I had cut off the main ride.
"I didn’t quite realise just how exhausted I was though and I was now riding through the once again fully open and congested, streets of Central London.
"After around 10 miles, I began to make my way back to The Mall when I approached a set of traffic lights. As they turned to red I aimed for roadside in order to wait for the green light.
"Unfortunately I didn't see the gaping drain that subsequently swallowed my front wheel, bending it in half and throwing me over the bars and into the road.
"A very long and painful walk back ensued…. I had vowed not to return this year, as I’m still upset about breaking my bike."
Kevin has signed up again in order to raise funds for the charity Happy Days. The charity works with local communities across the UK, providing respite breaks for individuals, families and groups who support children with additional needs. They help fund holidays for children and their families, residential trips for groups of children and young people, including community groups such as women's refuges and SEN schools.
Kevin told Calne News: "I found out that Happy Days were looking for riders to take part in the Ride London 100. The Springfields Academy, where I work, is exceptionally fortunate to actually be one of the organisations that has received support from Happy Days, and so I jumped at the chance to help them raise much needed funds."
When asked about the training involved to take on the ride, Kevin said: "Training for the ride is going well and the miles are racking up. I have also been very lucky this year to have received support from Corrinne Davis, an MNU accredited Nutritional Specialist that has helped me understand what I need to do to prepare for the ride, as well as ensure I’m at my best during the 7 hour ride."
If you would like to support Kevin and Happy Days Charity you can donate via his JustGiving page here
Pictured: Tom McCulley (left) and Kevin Derby (right)