Harefield man and A&E doctor at Northwick Park Hospital, Adam Mitchell, and brothers Danny and Darragh O’Brien will be taking to two wheels on Sunday 30th July for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100-mile cycle challenge, which will see them putting their foot power to the test and pedalling through the streets of London, in aid of the Northwood-based Michael Sobell Hospice that is close to their hearts.
Commenting on his epic challenge, which he will tackle alongside girlfriend Victoria Farrell, Adam explained why he is choosing to raise funds for Michael Sobell: “A very important family friend, Caron Mitchell, passed away at the hospice just over two years ago after suffering with a brain tumour. She was my mother’s best friend, and a fantastic wife to Ian Mitchell and mother to two children – Thomas and Oliver. I have lots of significant and brilliant memories of Caron and I want to fundraise to support others in similar situations. I have only heard good things about the staff and the environment created at the hospice in Caron’s final few days.”
He added: “I took part a couple of years ago so I’m hoping to improve on my previous time of six hours – we shall see!”
So will it be brotherly love, or maybe a little healthy competition as brothers Danny and Darragh O’Brien take on the Ride London-Surrey challenge. Danny, who lives in Ruislip, explained: “I attended the event last year as a spectator and it’s a great day. It’s wonderful to get an opportunity to ride the same road as the pros and later watch them sprint in. My brother and I have ridden regularly over the last four years in the cycle challenge events for Michael Sobell Hospice and it’s such a great cause. I know of two family friends who have relied on the hospice and the care and support is brilliant.”
He added: “As for training for the event, there are a few of us and we try and cycle two nights a week and meet up again on Sunday mornings. My brother and I are always out on our bikes, so we’re hoping we should be relatively fit come the end of July! I’m pretty sure the crowds will keep us going too!”
The brothers recently took on the MSH 40-mile bike ride challenge as a warm-up to RideLondon.
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