Father and son team cycle in London 100

David and Brian McKeown during last year's cycle. INBM32-14
David and Brian McKeown during last year's cycle. INBM32-14

Father and son team David and Brian McKeown are returning to take part in the Prudential Ride London 100, a 100-mile mass cycling event on Sunday 10th August which is aiming to become the largest in the world.

It follows the 2012 London Olympic Road Race circuit. 24,000 people have been successful in this year’s ballot and believe it or not, places were fiercely contested.

David told the Times: “There were over 50,000 disappointed applicants. The roads in London and Surrey will be closed during this spectacle so cars will not be a hazard – although fellow cyclists might be!”

David used to work in Knockanboy Veterinary Clinic in Dervock and Coleraine and is raising funds for the Coleraine and District branch to the Samaritans.

“It is just amazing the impact that organisation can have on its callers,” David told the Times.

“Samaritans is non-judgmental, treats every caller the same and provides a service, which at times can be the difference between life and death.

“Depending solely on charitable donations, Samaritans provide an essential, underestimated and unrivaled service to the entire community throughout the UK & Ireland.

“Any donation is hugely appreciated and will go in its entirety to Samaritans. If you feel you would like to support you can

do so by leaving a donation in any of the collection boxes at Sainsbury’s in Coleraine.

“Alternatively, donations can be left at the Samaritan branch on Lodge Road, Coleraine.”