Kempston man pedalsl from London to Brighton in memory of father-in-law

Neil Pruden from Kempston completes the British Heart Foundation's London to Brighton Bike Ride. Photography by DFphotography.co.uk / Danny Fitzpatrick

Neil Pruden from Kempston completes the British Heart Foundation's London to Brighton Bike Ride. Photography by DFphotography.co.uk / Danny Fitzpatrick

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A Kempston man has pedalled from London to Brighton in memory of a relative who died from a heart attack.

Neil Pruden joined more than 22,000 cyclists for the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) 40th bike ride on Sunday, June 21.

This year’s ride, supported by Tesco, saw thousands more join the fight for every heartbeat and complete the 54-mile route to raise funds for the BHF.

Neil, 41, was riding in memory of his father-in-law who died from a heart attack.

He said: “Taking part in this event was a real challenge and an incredible experience. The atmosphere on the day was brilliant and I am proud to have been part of this milestone day. Knowing I was cycling for such a great cause made me determined to succeed.

“It was fantastic to have everyone there cheering me and my team on to the finish, knowing that my sponsorship money will help the BHF to raise funds for the research needed to fight heart disease.”

The London to Brighton Bike Ride is the oldest and largest charity bike ride in Europe and in its history, has seen over 800,000 riders take part in the event, pedalling more than 40 million miles between them and raising over £65 million for the BHF’s life saving research.

The Bike Ride is part of the BHF’s London to Brighton Bike Ride Series. The series includes the London to Brighton Night Ride (11th – 12th July) and the London to Brighton Off-Road Ride (26th September). All money raised goes towards helping to fund research needed to fight heart disease.

Tesco’s are sponsoring the BHF’s entire cycling series, including off-road, on-road and overseas bike rides for the next three years, encouraging both colleagues and customers to take part in the events. The partnership aims to bring healthy living, including new food and physical activity initiatives, to the forefront of the way we live as well raising funds for our life saving research into heart disease.

To find out more and to register your interest for next year’s event visit bhf.org.uk/L2B or call 0300 456 8355.