Saddling up for charity

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A NORTH Leeds estate agent will be racing alongside a former Tour de France winner, a host of TV and sporting celebrities, and more than 24,000 other people in the biggest-ever cycling fundraising event.

Paul Lehan, a director of Castlehill estate agents of Otley Road, Headingley, is taking part in the RideLondon-Surrey 100, a road race challenge that takes in much of the route and leg-testing climbs made famous by the world’s best cyclists in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Joined for the event by fellow Castlehill director Simon Ketteringham and brother Greg Ketteringham, Paul is using the race to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity which provided end-of-life care to Simon and Greg’s late brother, Nick, who passed away in 2007 from throat cancer.

The local resident will be pedalling alongside the likes of former England rugby scrum-half and Question of Sport captain Matt Dawson; Winter Olympics skeleton gold medallist Amy Williams; Cowboy Builders presenter Dominic Littlewood; French celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, and former British World Cup alpine ski racer Chemmy Alcott.

The celebrity-line up also includes Stephen Roche, the 1987 Tour de France winner, and is likely to joined at the start of the race by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Taking place on Sunday August 10, the RideLondon-Surrey 100 – sponsored by Prudential - begins in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside before returning to iconic central London and finishing in the Mall near Buckingham Palace.

Paul was selected by ballot from 80,000 people.

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