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Novum Law Partner Peter Hilditch, who is based at our Southampton office, is in training for the biggest cycling challenge of his life when he takes part in the Prudential Ride 100 in London on Sunday 30th of July.
Following in the tracks of the world’s greatest cycling champions, such as Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, Peter will be joining 25,000 fellow riders for a 100 mile cycle challenge that takes in the iconic sights of London as well as the stunning Surrey hills in a modified version of the London 2012 Olympic Road Race.
The legacy event starts at the Olympic Park and follows the original Olympic road race through London and the surrounding area, finishing on the Mall.
Peter heads up Novum Law’s Southampton office with fellow Partner Lynn Yeates. The office focuses solely on helping people with asbestos-related diseases and their families and Peter is taking on the gruelling challenge to raise much-needed funds for the asbestos support and awareness group, HASAG.
The Ride 100 can’t come soon enough for Peter as he’s waited a long time to participate in the event. He’s entered the ballot to secure a place every year since the race started and has failed to win a slot each time – until this year!
Speaking about the challenge Peter says: “I regularly cycle on Sunday mornings with four or five fellow ‘mamils’ (middle-aged men in lycra!) for a couple of hours. We usually do about 30 miles, so to contemplate doing a 100 miler is a big step up for me and quite a daunting prospect!”
To prepare for the event, Peter has been cycling to work every day, although because it’s only two miles to his office from home, he’s been doing extra training in the gym to ensure he’s in peak physical condition. This weekend, sees him step up his training with a 70 mile cycling event in Cardiff with friends, which will be a good practice run for the Ride 100 at the end of the month.
He adds: “I’m aiming to complete the race in about seven hours or less, if possible. It promises to be a great event as it’s got everything from leg-busting climbs to spectacular scenery and the amazing sights and sounds of London before crossing the finish line on the world famous Mall. What will keep me going is the fact that I’m raising money to support the fantastic work that HASAG does helping and supporting asbestos victims and their loved ones.”
Peter has already raised over £500 for HASAG and is hoping to raise even more once he completes the challenge.
“It was utterly brilliant! Amazing to cycle through London, passing all the big sights with thousands of people cheering you on!
Very early start, but really well organised and the whole ride went very smoothly
A few hold ups on the way for a crash or two and the food and water stops were hectic
Perfect weather, and when there was a bit of a head wind, I sought out a larger, stronger rider and tucked in behind them for shelter!
Really fast route, the big hills were not too bad, and lots of fast, flat sections, so I got round in less than 6 hours, an hour faster than I hoped!
And finally, I raised £636.93 for Hasag – everyone a winner!!”
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