Allana Hughes is rising to the challenge and riding the Surrey 100 mile bike ride to help raise funds for the Zetland Park Inclusive Play project.

After securing a ballot place, I am taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 4th August.  I will be one of 20,000 cyclists who start in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. With leg-testing climbs (oh how I am looking forward to these) and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, I have been told it's a truly spectacular event for all involved. The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 finishes on The Mall in central London.

I will be taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, to raise money for the inclusive play area at Zetland Park.  My reason for choosing this as my cause is because as the project manager of the Zetland Park Project it is a cause close to my heart, but also because of the profound impact a visit to Play As One Scotland’s inclusive play park in Dunfermline with a wheelchair user from Carrongrange School had on me.

At the age of 12, the boy (in the video on our MyParkScotland crowdfunding page) had never had the opportunity to go on a swing because of a lack of facilities locally and experience the unique sensation of swing.  Once on the swing, the boys reaction was heart-warming and I have to admit brought a tear to my eye.   His enjoyment of something so simple made me realise that so to offer we take for granted the simple pleasures in life like using a swing or a roundabout.  It made me passionate that every child no matter of their ability or disability should have the opportunity to play together in the new area  we are creating at Zetland Park . 

Training is now underway for the big day and the reality of the task that I have taken on is becoming clear.  Weekly I am clocking up well over 100 km and this will only continue to increase in the run up to the cycle!