Mishap fails to puncture effort

AN end-of-the-road puncture meant Martin Standen’s finish in the Prudential Ride London- Surrey 100 race was less of a romp home and more of a careful pedal, but he wasn’t too worried about that.

The real cause for celebration was the Northfield Days Operations Manager’s achievement in raising nearly £800 for his site’s local good cause, Willen Hospice.

“I had the puncture at 96 miles and couldn’t be bothered to change it,” says Martin, who also had to refit his bike chain after it came off at the 76 milestone.

“I limped down Pall Mall to Buckingham Palace but I came in at a respectable 7 hours and 28 minutes.”

Martin reports that the months of training also paid off, as he suffered no physical after-effects. “The day was absolutely brilliant,” he beams. “I’m really happy with the sponsorship total – and Willen Hospice is too.”