Firefighters take on 100 mile cycling challenge

This month, Watch Commander Greg Brown and Firefighter Jamie Harker will be taking on a 100 mile cycling challenge for charity.

They’ll be taking part in the Prudential RideLondon, one of the greatest festivals of cycling events and a lasting legacy of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. It will take place on Sunday 29 July and will see them cycle from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside.

They'll be raising money for two charities close to their hearts, The Fire Fighters Charity and Sue Ryder.

Speaking of his upcoming challenge, Greg commented:

“Jamie and I did a 60 mile charity ride last October through London for Cancer Research and Stroke Association. At the time we joked about dong a 100 miler and subsequently here we are doing the Prudential London – Surrey 100. We figured if we are going to do it, then why not do it for charity?

“The Fire Fighters Charity seemed like an obvious choice to us both as serving firefighters. They do so much great work, which I can personally testify to having used them during my time in the service.

“This is a big challenge for us both as neither of us consider ourselves ‘serious cyclists’. We have been regularly teaming up for training rides in the hills and roads of Rutland and surrounding areas. Hopefully on the day we will be reasonably well prepared, although we are hoping the weather has cooled down a bit by then!”

The Fire Fighters Charity provides life enhancing health and wellbeing support to the whole fire community, and this year celebrates its 75th anniversary. Their second charity, Sue Ryder, provides person-centered hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening, life-changing diagnosis.

So far they’ve raised over £580 thanks to support from family, friends and colleagues. They’re hoping to raise even more in the lead up to their ride. Donations can be made at: