Duo tackle Ride 100 in aid of homeless charity Shelter

Justin Openshaw and Andre Marques complete Ride London.
Justin Openshaw and Andre Marques complete Ride London.

GMB shop stewards Justin Openshaw and Andre Marques from the Asda distribution centre in Kempston tackled the Ride 100 Cycle challenge in aid of homeless charity and hope to raise more than £1,000.

Starting at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London, the route took 25,000 cyclists through Surrey, including the tough Leith Hill, Leatherhead, Oxshott and Esher, then back into London to finish through Admiralty Arch and The Mall. Andre finished in 4 hours and 31 minutes and Justin finished in 5 hours 11 minutes, on Sunday 2nd August

The duo had left Bedford at 3am on Sunday, August 2, in an Asda fleet van driven by Alan Whitely, provided after their initial travel plans fell through.

Justin said: “We would like to express huge thanks to Alan who did a magnificent job on supporting us on the day to ensure that we were at the start drop off point on time and also was there to collect us afterwards.

We are still collecting on behalf of Shelter so if you have not donated already please come and see us and contribute to a worthwhile cause. We both also like to thanks to ASDA CDC General Manager Paul Mackay for stepping in and agreeing to support us after our original travel plans fell through, and also thanks to the stand up transport manager Tom Spooner for facilitating our driving support. Those wishing to donate can do so by visiting our Just Giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/Justin-Openshaw