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Persimmon Homes cyclists take-on 100 mile ride for Cancer centre

08 June 2015

Six employees of Persimmon Homes Wales took on the gruelling Carten100 challenge last week raising just under £2,000 for charity.

Saturday’s event, which was sponsored by Persimmon Homes, saw 1,500 cyclist take-on the thigh shredding ride from Cardiff to Tenby in the aid of Velindre Cancer Centre.

Persimmon Homes East Wales’ Managing Director Martin Smith was joined by Richard Keogh, Craig Weymouth, Daniel Davies, Mike Williams and Persimmon Homes West Wales' Andy Baker-Edwards in the ride. They have raised £1,800 for the charity.

The 100 mile event goes back to 2004 and uses a combination of A-roads, B-roads and cycle routes from the east to the west of the country. The six Persimmon Homes riders had been preparing for two months for the challenge but for Mr Keogh it was his fourth time taking on the Carten100.

He said: “The training has varied from some of us riding at the weekend to Martin Smith doing a practice ride. This is a tough challenge but for a worthy cause and that’s why Persimmon Homes felt fit to sponsor it. We set-off at 8am from a wet Cardiff and we were among around 1,500 taking part in the ride.

There were accidents, painkillers and sore backsides along the way but we just kept going. At about mile 80 there is a five mile hill climb that is gruelling and it really takes it out of you. You see some amazing scenery along the way because you’re going along routes you wouldn’t usually see in a car – but you can only enjoy it for a short period because you’re that exhausted.”

The group’s finishing time varied between seven-and-a-half hours and nine hours but Mr Keogh said all the pain endured on the ride was quickly forgotten.

He added: “Carten100 is so well organised now and has grown so popular as you arrive in Tenby people are lining the streets and clapping you as you reach the finish line. It gives you an amazing feeling so much so you forget about what you had to go through over 100 miles. We all want to do it again next year.”

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