100 mile challenge for Ben

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Stonehaven’s Ben Newell is currently in training for a 100 mile cycle race along the Olympic road race route in memory of his mother.

Susan Newell, who died in April 2011, is the reason Ben will be taking part in the challenge to raise money for the charity ‘Beating Bowel Cancer’.

B en, who now lives in London and volunteers for the charity, said: “I’m doing the race to raise money and most importantly to raise awareness of this terrible disease. Ride London is the first in the number of events I am taking part in, which includes a triathlon, climbing Snowdonia and will culminate in the London Marathon in 2016.”

Ben will be part of Beating Bowel Cancer’s team of riders taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 being led again this year by Team Captain, TV personality and rugby star, Matt Dawson. The 190 cyclists on the team aim to raise a combined total of £250,000. The charity relies entirely on donations and the money raised will help them to fund their range of vital services that give help, hope and reassurance to all those affected by bowel cancer.

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, takes place on 2 August and Ben and the rest of the team will be joining tens of thousands of cyclists for the challenge.

The challenge starts at the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park, heads through central London and finishes on the mall.

Ben, an ex-pupil of Mackie Academy, added: “My mum, who was a very popular person in the community, was a very brave and extraordinary woman.

“I hope to channel that bravery and fervour and take on some wonderful adventures.

“The charity does amazing work trying to raise awareness of the disease and supports all those affected by bowel cancer, whether they are patients, survivors or their families.”