Pedal power used to help hospice

C140939-2 Chi Cycle Chestnut  phot kate''Richard Bartholomew who completed a 310 mile bike ride for Chestnut Tree House.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140939-2 SUS-140710-085445001

C140939-2 Chi Cycle Chestnut phot kate''Richard Bartholomew who completed a 310 mile bike ride for Chestnut Tree House.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140939-2 SUS-140710-085445001

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SHEER willpower saw a determined fundraiser over the finish line as he raised thousands for charity.

Richard Bartholomew, 41, of Slindon, who is a director at Bartholows in Chichester, completed the Ride 24 London to Newcastle challenge – a 310-mile, non-stop bike ride.

He said the ride was a ‘good opportunity’ to raise money for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.

“Chestnut Tree really looked after and supported good friends of ours who twice went through the tragedy of their child passing away,” he said.

The Arundel-based charity provides specialist palliative care to children and young adults with progressive life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.

It currently costs more £3m each year to provide all the care and donations such as this are vital to the charity’s survival.

So far, Richard’s fundraising has raised around £2,500. He said he wanted to thank all the people who supported him on the marathon challenge.

“It was exhausting,” he said. “It was fairly flat for the first couple of hundred miles so everybody rode it very fast.

“Then all the hills were at the end. The last 80 miles were phenomenally hilly at which point your legs have had enough. That was what made it so difficult.”

He said it was ‘willpower and fear of failure’ that helped him complete those final miles and get over the finish line in Newcastle.

His training consisted of completing five rides of more than 100 miles in the two months leading up to the event, plus a weekly spinning class.

Support Richard’s fundraising at www.justgiving.com/Richard-Bartholomew.