RideLondon breaks fundraising record for third successive year

The Prudential RideLondon raised over £12m in 2015, with over 25,000 people completing the route around London and Surrey

The 2015 Prudential RideLondon raised more than £12m for charity, setting a new record for the third successive year.

Over 25,000 people finished the 100-mile sportive around London and Surrey in August, with nearly 100,000 riders participating in events across the weekend of cycling in the capital.

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The £12m raised betters the £10m raised in 2014 and is up £5m from the total raised in the inaugural 2013 event.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said: “Prudential RideLondon is not just the greatest mass-participation cycling event in the world, it’s also a hugely successful charity weekend that raises millions of pounds for good causes.

“I congratulate everyone who helped to make it another record-breaking year and I look forward to seeing cyclists of all ages and abilities take to the capital’s streets again this year.”

Tragedy hit the sportive for the second year running when 55-year-old Stephen Green died of a suspected heart attack on Leith Hill, 12 months after Kris Cook, 36, died of a cardiac arrest on Newlands Corner.

Following his death, Mr Green’s fundraising page topped £23,000 as over 1,000 people donated to his chosen Action for Ataxia-Telangiectasia charity.

Macmillan Cancer Support was one of many charities that raised six-figure sums in the 2015 event, with 570 riders raising over £450,000 between them.

Event Director Hugh Brasher said: “After just three years, Prudential RideLondon is firmly established as one of the most successful fundraising sports events in the world. We thank all the riders for their fundraising work and look forward to breaking more records in 2016.”