Team Socius and Aviva come out victorious from RideLondon 2024

On Sunday 26 May, our Director, Steve Eccles and Head of Engagement, Liam Ronan-Chlond were joined by Sophie White, Andrew Farrimond and Hugo Woodhead from Aviva to tackle the challenging RideLondon event, all with the aim of raising much-needed funds for The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR).

The immense task was all part of our ‘Socius Cancer Charity Challenge 2024’ where we are aiming to raise £10,000 for cancer charities by December.

After successfully completing the epic ride both Steve and Liam gave us their thoughts and highlights from an incredible day…

Steve Eccles

“It was great to take part in RideLondon all to raise money for ICR. Having left home from Essex at 4:30am in torrential rain, the weather forecast looked awful. However, when we reached London, the rain had thankfully stopped, and we made it to the start line for 6:30am.

We had a lovely tail wind for the first 45 miles up through Epping Forest, although my riding buddy had seven (!) punctures – which meant a lot of forced stops. We only had one downpour en-route and even saw the sun a couple of times.

After the turn in Great Dunmow, we were met with headwinds back to London plus a couple of climbs, which made it really tough going, especially the one at 85 miles through Buckhurst Hill! But crossing Tower Bridge after 103 gruelling miles to cheering crowds was fantastic, as was knowing we'd raised a load of money to help to defeat cancer!”

Liam Ronan-Chlond

“I decided, very last minute to take on the 100 mile route rather than 60 which I’m so pleased I did!

A few highlights from me including not even noticing we’d started and having to ask someone whether we were officially off yet? They didn’t know either, but we assumed we had as we were already deep into the city of London, so we must have passed a very low visibility start line!

Arriving at Buckingham Palace was a definite high spot, even had to stop for a photo. I got chatting to loads of people en-route – and even on the train on the way to the start line! I spoke to doctors, retired people, planners, football fans and fundraisers, from all over the country across all different backgrounds.

The weather was very British - wind, rain, hail, sun - I managed to get drenched and sunburnt!

The verdant Essex countryside with its thatched houses and welcoming residents who were out on the streets cheering us on whilst enjoying their BBQs and Proseccos! Powering through from Felstead to Tower Bridge, I blitzed it and basically didn’t stop cycling for 40 miles!

It was also lovely to bump into some fellow ICR fundraisers and I even cycled with them through Hackney. Between us all we have helped to raise a huge amount of money for this fantastic cause.”

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Just Giving page so far, but if you haven’t yet – you still can here.