Last month, a solicitor at Palmers undertook the famous London to Brighton journey on a bicycle to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
Mark Harris, based at the firm’s Basildon office, cycled the 54 mile route and has so far raised £395.50; exceeding his original target of £250.
This was the 40th year of the annual ride, as well as the 30th anniversary of Mark’s heart operation. “If it were not for the staff and doctors at the National Heart Hospital, the kind donor and the brilliant work of Donald Ross in putting the bits back together again, I would probably not be here today and certainly not able to cycle over 50 miles,” Mark commented.
Mark previously attempted the journey in 2013 when he completed it in a time of around seven and a half hours. This year, he raced along and finished in five hours, including a break for lunch.
However, his nemesis on each attempt has been Ditchling Beacon. This landmark of the South Downs has defeated Mark on both attempts. “This year, I got cramp and had to stretch that out before climbing the hill, pushing my bike. Oh the indignity! But I suppose it gives me a chance to do it with my daughter next year when she is trying to get her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.”
If you would like to add to Mark’s total, you can do so by visiting his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Mark-Harris39/.