INSPIRED by the bravery of British service personnel, a Chichester man rode 100 miles in their honour.
Will Pearson completed the ‘Hero Ride’ from Tedworth to London in aid of Help for Heroes, raising more than £3,500 in the process.
The 51-year-old said: “The ride went very well and we managed to get to London without any major dramas.
“It felt quite strange to congregate at Tedworth House in Salisbury at midnight with about 280 other riders and then set off in the quiet dark of night at 2am. However, it was equally fantastic to ride into sunrise at about 4.30am and know we had ‘started the day’ – only six hours to go from there!
“These people were truly inspirational and demonstrated the depth of courage and tenacity they had displayed in their service careers.
“We rendezvoused 100 miles later at Blackheath with another 1000 riders who came from all over the country, together with a contingent who started four days earlier in Belgium.
“From Blackheath, after brunch and a rest, we then rode in formation a further ten miles into central London, heading for the Cenotaph for a remembrance ceremony, followed by our final procession down The Mall. There, we were met with such incredible support from the public who had gathered to cheer and applaud us in – they gave us such a wonderful reception that took my breath away.
“What a fabulous way to end such a tremendous event – it has been an honour and a privilege to be part of this.
“I have raised a little over £3,500.
“I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all the Chichester people who have donated so generously to this fantastic charity.
“I would also like to thank Dave West of the Nags Head for lending me the bike and Tony Foster of Central Cars for kindly getting me to Salisbury at midnight for the start.”
Will’s charity page is still open for donations, at Will Pearson