Head Liz Laybourn and her team joined more than a thousand women to tackle the Ride The Night event which started at Windsor Racecourse at 9pm and snaked for 50km through central London, passing Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and the West End. Those with energy left then complete the 50km to head back to Windsor.
Liz’s group, comprising head of prep Heather Cavanagh, assistant head Rohaise Flint, assistant head Nicola Donson, director of sport Suzy Clapp, PE teacher Deleece Tapping, head’s PA Anna Hooper and housekeeping manager Sarah Smart, raised more than £3000 which will be split between Breast Cancer Now, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.
Said Liz: “I saw the advert for the event and having lost my mum to cancer last year, I thought it would be a wonderful thing to do. I shared the idea with the others and everyone was onboard. Many of us will have known someone who has had a family member or friend suffer from cancer so it felt right.”
She added: “I am so proud of everyone for doing it. Heather, Suzy and Deleece managed to do the whole 100km which is amazing. There were some challenges along the way to deal with – such as Sarah’s front brakes breaking, which a kind marshal fixed, but then at mile 4 she realized she was exhausted because she had been cycling with the brakes still on! But the atmosphere of the event was fabulous and the organization wonderful. It’s an amazing event which raises so much for the charities and we have already signed up to do it again next year!.”
Ride The Night participants pay a £45 registration fee and then secure sponsorship for the event. For more details, go to https://www.letsdothis.com/gb/e/women-v-cancer-ride-the-night-london-2021-187954