Cyclist embarks on 
100-mile charity ride

Kris Jackson with his bike which he will be taking on his 100 mile charity ride
Kris Jackson with his bike which he will be taking on his 100 mile charity ride

One man is preparing for his biggest cycle yet.

As a member of the Ythan cycle club, Kris Jackson is no stranger to a bike ride, but this August will see him pedal for 100 miles in aid of Cancer Research.

Kris Jackson is undertaking the inaugural Prudential Ride London 2013 on Sunday, August 4.

Kris said: “I saw the event on Twitter last year and decided to apply.

“It’s like the cycling version of the London marathon.”

Riding bikes has been a passion of Kris’s since the age of 12 but he didn’t start the sport professionally until a year ago.

Kris said: “We moved to Ellon from Twickenham about three years ago because I voluntarily transferred jobs through the airport to be here.”

“I cycle to and from my job at Aberdeen Airport which is about 18 miles.

“When I started doing it I was knackered, but now I’m starting to see the benefits.”

Inspirational sporting moments, are just one of the factors that spurred Kris into taking his hobby on to the next step.

Kris said: “I was watching the British olympics and I was influenced to do something about it, like many other people.

“I used to play football, but having the country roads here are an added bonus.

“I would have done the London marathon, but I can’t run, I can cycle so I thought I should go for it.”

Family from South London will be dotted along different viewpoints along the way providing their support.

Kris’s wife, Carrie and their two children will also be flying down to join him for the event.

He said: “Carrie has seen a change in me. Since I have started cycling I have lost a couple of stone.”

The traffic controller is glad he applied when he did as over 75,000 did but the event only allows 20,000 participants.

“I’ve been bugging family and friends for sponsorship and through pages on Twitter and Facebook, but I would like to raise a lot more.

“My mum had breast cancer, but she pulled through and is alright now.

“I can see how vital the work Cancer Research do is to people.”

To support Kris donate at his page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KrisJackson.