Therfield mother of two to take part in Britain’s biggest cycling event
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A THERFIELD mother of two will jump in the saddle for Britain’s biggest cycling event in a generation to raise money for a cause close to her heart.
For the past 20 years Jacquie Kier has watched her mother Elizabeth, 75, suffer at the hands of the debilitating illness multiple sclerosis.
The 50-year-old will be taking part in this summer’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 to raise money for the MS Society. The race will see 20,000 riders tackle a 100-mile route finishing in The Mall in central London.
Ms Kier said: “My mother is completely paralysed up to the neck. Her mind works ok but that’s it, the rest does not work. I hope they might one day be able to find a cure for MS. It’s such a deliberating disease and awful to see a loved one go through it and you can’t do anything.”
Ms Kier got back into cycling last Christmas when she agreed to train for a 375-mile bike ride from Saint Marlow to Angouleme this month with two friends.
“Training is going pretty well, I think I will be fine. It’s just a case of increasing my speed. I am very determined to finish the race for my mother and hopefully raise £2,000 at the same time,” she said.
“Its really good having two very sporty daughters, Zoe and Emily and my partner Neil will be providing back up. I am hooked on it now. I think they have been quite amazed at how quickly I have got into it.”
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Organisers are aiming to make the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 the largest charity fundraising cycle event in the world, with the route taking place on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s countryside.
The route will closely follow that of the Olympic road race.
To sponsor Ms Kier, visit http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/JacquieKier
Prudential RideLondon takes place on August 3 and 4. For more details visit www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk