Father and son use pedal power to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society (From Redditch Advertiser)
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Father and son use pedal power to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society
7:30am Monday 12th August 2013 in News
A REDDITCH father and son have used pedal power to complete a 100-mile cycle race from London to Surrey and back for charity.
Dave Alekna and son Joe, who is one of the founders of Redditch employment firm eResponse Recruitment, completed the gruelling London Cycle 100 challenge for the Alzheimer’s Society - a charity which supports sufferers of the dementia disease and their families and carers.
They were among 20,000 cyclists who pedalled from London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to Surrey where they followed a similar route covered by professional cyclists at last year’s London games.
They finished up back in London after six hours, where they were cheered on by thousands of spectators who lined The Mall for the event, organised by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
Son Joe, aged 32, said: “It was an amazing challenge and great to be part of the Olympic legacy. Although we cycled hundreds of miles as part of our training it was really tough cycling for six hours non-stop and over some steep hills. But with a lot of pain and stamina we managed to make it to the end. I’m glad our hard work paid off.
“The atmosphere was fantastic and it was great to travel along the same route as so many professional athletes did during the Olympics.
“More importantly, we have helped to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and still hope to reach our target in the weeks ahead.”
They hope to raise £1,500 for their mammoth effort and have already collected more than £1,000.
The London event wasn’t the first time the duo have taken part in such a gruelling challenge. In May they also cycled in the 45-mile Prince’s Trust ‘Palace to Palace’ event at Warwick Castle.
To sponsor them, visit www.justgiving.com/David-Alekna.
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