Mike Lee will be taking part in his first ever Prudential Ride London this Saturday, all in aid of Farleigh Hospice.

Mike said: “I have taken part in every Farleigh Cycle for Life since 2014, I have also taken part in the hospice’s Santa Fun Run and their Maldon Bubble Rush.

“I have never cycled 100 miles before, so I started with some light training in early January. However due to the cold weather I couldn’t start building up the miles until March. I now cycle to and from the train station, about six miles each way, and then from Liverpool Street to South London, so about 20 miles a day.

“Every week I do a 40 to 50 mile bike ride. I stick to the country lanes, cycling to Colchester via Mersea and sometimes going out to Finchingfield. I keep to the back roads, where there is less traffic.

“As a Police Officer I have to be fit and healthy, so I train most days, either going to the gym, cycling or running. I always eat healthily but I have added energy gels and hydration tablets to my diet. Over the past month I have cycled about 560 miles and last weekend I did my first 100 mile bike ride.

“I am riding for Farleigh Hospice in memory of my Mum. Five years ago Mum was told she had the early stages of heart failure, however a few months later it had progressed rapidly and we were told she had only a few days to live. Over the next 12 to 13 days the Farleigh nurses came into our home and cared for Mum and supported my Dad. It was such a shock, we hadn’t expected it, but Farleigh was there and they helped us through a very difficult time in our lives.”