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Father and daughter make an Olympic effort in aid of charity

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:07 06 May 2015

Jeff and Diane Lightfoot

Jeff and Diane Lightfoot

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Diane and Jeff Lightfoot will follow the London 2012 route

A father and daughter duo will be following in the footsteps of Olympic sportsmen when they take part in a 100-mile charity cycle ride.

Diane Lightfoot, 42, from Bromley, and her father Jeff, 70, from Orpington, will follow the London 2012 Olympic route when they take part in RideLondon on August 2.

The pair will ride from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London all the way into Surrey and back to the Mall in aid of national disability charity United Response.

Ms Lightfoot is director of fundraising and communications for the charity, which supports people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health issues across England and Wales.

“After a lifetime within a family of keen cyclists, I finally gave in last year and began training for my first RideLondon along with my dad, which was a tough but enjoyable challenge,” Ms Lightfoot said.

“But bad weather prohibited us and others from completing the full course, with the iconic Leith Hill and Box Hill climbs being removed. So we felt compelled to take part again and do the whole 100!

“Training is proving even tougher this year without the novelty factor - and we are 112 years old between us! - so we are still looking for as much support as possible ahead of the big day.”

She is hoping more riders will now join United Response’s team - the deadline for signing up is today, May 6.

“Last year’s fundraising did great things for the charity,” Ms Lightfoot added.

For more information, call Natalie on 020 8246 5200 or email fundraising@unitedresponse.org.uk

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