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Thursday, 25 May 2017

A South Molton man is preparing to take part in a punishing 100-mile cycle in aid of Make a Wish Foundation.

Ian Lawrence, a technical manager at Norbord in South Molton, is hoping to complete the course in six and a half hours and is appealing to locals to back him by donating via his fundraising website.

The 48-year-old suffered broken vertebrae following a cycling accident on his way to work at the end of last year. The injury hasn’t deterred keen cyclist and fundraiser Ian, who is now in training for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 which takes place on 30 July.

Ian took part in the cycling event in 2014, which was shortened due to stormy weather, and raised around £1340 for MAC, a charity which supports children with eye conditions that lead to poor sight and sometimes blindness.

Ian said: “Since my return to cycling after my accident, I’ve been building up the miles in preparation.

“I cycle to work twice a week and will be completing a few other events in the lead up to RideLondon-Surrey 100 as extra motivation.

“My furthest cycle so far was to Newquay and back which was 67 miles in total. I’ll be building up to completing 100 miles routes over the next few months.

“The Make a Wish Foundation is a superb charity that supports so many seriously ill children with life-threatening conditions. I would love to raise as much as I can to help grant the wishes of more children in the UK.”

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will kick off at 6am from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and follows a 100-mile route through London and into Surrey’s countryside before finishing back in the capital at The Mall.

Wayne Hovord, general manager at Norbord South Molton, said: “Ian’s determination to get back on the saddle after his accident is extremely inspiring.

“He has raised money for a number of local and national causes through cycling events over the years and the staff at Norbord will once again be supporting his latest demanding endeavour.”

Donations can be made via Ian’s fundraising website, www.virginmoneygiving.com/IanPLawrence.




Issued by Beattie on behalf of Norbord