Mark Blackshaw who has been diagnosed with epilepsy took part in the inaugural Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 challenge back in August to raise money for research.

It began at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park then followed a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into the Surrey countryside. Mark decided to undertake the cycling challenge after having a second seizure at Burntwood Leisure Centre in September 2012 and subsequently being diagnosed with epilepsy.

Since then he has had to surrender his driving licence and he is unable to continue, at the moment, teaching people to SCUBA dive.

”I took up cycling so that I could travel the eight miles to work and back each day,” said Mark. “My training for the challenge was supplemented by back to back spin classes at Burntwood Leisure Centre on a Tuesday evening.

Riding through London was great, passing the Tower of London and other iconic landmarks that make up the London skyline. It took a bit to get used to not having to stop for traffic lights or roundabouts! The route seemed to be nice rolling, winding roads, but then Leith Hill and Box Hill reminded me that as a cyclist things get harder when the incline increases.

Cycling along the Embankment and then turning under Admiralty Arch and onto the Mall made me feel like a pro cyclist, the noise of the crowd and Buckingham Palace in the background, unforgettable!

A great day and one that I would recommend and hopefully I will be lining up at the start next year to raise more money and obviously beat my time.”

Mark has raised £550 for Epilepsy Research UK, and our thanks go to Mark for all his hard work and support.