Andy Hayton, 42, from Grantham, will have clocked up over 1,000 miles in the saddle in just five months when he crosses the finish line at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 2 August. The father of two is cycling to raise £1,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK in honour of his grandma, Olive, who passed away with Alzheimer’s disease in 1986, and his dad, Bryan, 77, who is now living with the disease.
The computer programmer set himself the challenging target to cycle 1,000 miles between 1 March and 2 August this year for the UK’s leading dementia research charity. The 1,000 mile distance has been made up of a number of solo rides and organised events over the past few months, including the Belvoir Classic Sportive 2015.
On Sunday 2 August, Andy will complete his challenge when he crosses the finish line at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. More than 25,000 riders are expected to take part in the 100-mile cycle event which starts at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London, weaves its way through the city into Surrey, before crossing back over the Thames for a spectacular finish on The Mall.
Speaking about his reasons for supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK, Andy said:
“Alzheimer’s is a subject very close to my heart as it has massively affected my family. It’s a horrible disease that can rob people of their personality while families and friends can suffer as much as the patient. My dad was a research scientist so it seems fitting that the fundraising from my challenge will help research into Alzheimer’s. It is my belief that research is the only way this horrible disease will be beaten.
“I took up cycling as a hobby in 2013 and haven’t looked back since. I hope to complete the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 in seven hours and this event will bring the number of miles I have cycled over the past five months to over 1,200. I know it is going to be tough but I am up for the challenge and will be spurred on the whole way round by thoughts of my dad and grandma.”
Jessica Hiscocks, Regional Fundraising Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“We are very grateful to Andy for taking on this amazing challenge and wish him the best of luck when he takes on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.
“There are 850,000 people across the UK living with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias today, including nearly 11,000 in Nottinghamshire. Research has the power to defeat dementia and Alzheimer’s Research UK is leading the charge. We rely on public donations and it’s thanks to people like Andy we can help provide crucial resources for our scientists and fund pioneering research, driving the next breakthrough.”
If you would like to sponsor Andy visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/andrewhayton.