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Crew commander sets 100 mile bike challenge

A long-serving firefighter will take on an Olympic challenge when he tackles the London to Surrey 100 bike ride this weekend.

On-call crew commander Martin Claydon will cycle 100 miles to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Martin, based at Burwell Fire Station, will take part with more than 20,000 other participants on Sunday (July 31). The route, a part of the 2012 Olympic legacy, begins at the Olympic Park in Stratford and takes in the sites of central London, down to Woking. It then passes through the Surrey hills across to Dorking then back up through Leatherhead and Kingston, over Putney Bridge, along the Embankment, finishing on the mall outside Buckingham Palace.

Martin said: “I am very keen to support the charity as I know the excellent work they do to support our staff and families. I have been on-call at Burwell for nearly 40 years and have known many people that have benefited from the charity’s services.

“I have already had excellent support from Manchetts, a local business in Burwell, who have got me off to a great start. I hope I can raise a good sum to support the charity’s excellent work.”

Martin has already raised £1,000 for charity. To support his efforts, log on to: