Get fit and raise funds for this local good cause

Article date
5 January 2017
Primary interest

If getting fit and supporting good causes are on your New Year’s resolution list, then a Reading-based charity might have the answer.

Thrive, the charity which uses gardening as a form of therapy to help people with disabilities or ill health, has places available for cyclists to take part in the annual Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.

One of the reasons many New Year’s resolutions fail is because people set unrealistic goals, such as going to the gym five times a week for an hour when you never exercise!

But having a goal – like cycling 100 miles at the end of July 2017 – is achievable. Once you sign up with Thrive the goal is set which gives focus and cements the motivation to start training.

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey was born out of the 2012 Olympics and sees hundreds of cyclists take on the same route as the Olympians did.

Starting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday July 30th cyclists follow a route on closed roads through London then out into leafy Surrey taking in Box Hill and Leith Hill. The end of the cycle is spectacular and finishes along The Mall outside Buckingham Palace.

Thrive offers lots of support and has a training plan people can follow if they wish.

Cyclists need to raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship to support Thrive and there is an a non-refundable registration fee of £30 to pay.

In return Thrive gives you a top quality cycling jersey, will help set up your fundraising page on JustGiving or Virgin Money, give you access to fundraising materials and will promote your efforts on its website and social media pages.




The charity will have supporters there on the day to cheer on Thrive cyclists.

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis so don’t delay, apply today!