On 21 June, a solicitor at Palmers will be undertaking the famous London to Brighton journey on a bicycle.
Palmers’ Mark Harris, based at the firm’s Basildon office, is cycling 54 miles to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
This is the 40th year of the annual ride, as well as the 30th anniversary of Mark’s heart operation, so he decided that 2015 was the year to do it.
“If it were not for the staff and doctors at the National Heart Hospital, the kind donor and the brilliant work of Mr. 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! My journey is dedicated to the NHS and Donald Ross who did so much for me and other children in their care,” Mark commented.
However, he has embarked upon this journey before. In 2013, Mark attempted the same course and completed it in a time of around seven and a half hours; despite Ditchling Beacon.
This landmark of the South Downs defeated Mark in his first attempt, but he is adamant that it won’t stop him this time. “I was pushing so hard to get up the hill and staring down at the road as I pedalled. I came to a stop, got off and when I looked up, I saw that I was only 50 metres from the top! This time, Ditchling Beacon is not going to beat me,” said Mark.
Mark is hoping to complete the route from Clapham Common to Brighton’s seafront in around six hours this time and added that he has been in training. “I’m riding about 50 or 60 miles a week, 10-20 miles every other day if I can and longer each weekend so hopefully I’m ready to tackle the challenge.” Mark will not be alone in his endeavour as around 28,000 other cyclists are expected to take part in the ride from the capital to the coast and raise money for the British Heart Foundation’s research.
If you would like to sponsor Mark, you can do so by visiting his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Mark-Harris39/.