Charity bike ride sees over 1000 participants

Military charity. Photo: Help for the Heroes

Military charity. Photo: Help for the Heroes

Over 1,000 participants cycled from Blackheath to Horse Guards Parade on June 8, 2014 to raise money for Help for Heroes, a charity that serves people wounded in Britain’s current conflicts.

Now in its seventh year, Hero Ride 2014 concluded a week long series of charity bike rides. Among those cycling in London on Sunday was a group that had begun their journey in Brussels earlier last week. Other cyclists started off in various cities across the UK before congregating at Blackheath for the final 10 mile Hero Ride. Overall, the fundraisers managed to collectively cycle over a whopping 16,000 miles.

Among the participants in this year’s Hero Ride was Olympic cyclist Mark Cavendish. He said: “I know about how much training and dedication has to go in to a cycling event like Hero Ride – you have to be so disciplined and all of the cyclists taking part on Sunday have a great cause in Help for Heroes that they’re fighting for.”

Many cyclists paid their respects at The Cenotaph in Whitehall, which has been designated as the UK’s primary national war memorial. The day’s event also included the local Army Cadets Force in Lewisham, which came out in a show of support by supplying water and cheering the cyclists on.

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