Ambulance pair appeal for cash for Maypole Project after 100-mile cycle dash

Two ambulance staff members from east London want cash after a gruelling 100-mile cycle ride.

Paramedic Gary Cohen, from Poplar ambulance station, and HR Manager Greg Masters, from Silvertown, took part in a charity run earlier this month and raised £1,000 for the Maypole Project.

They are now appealing for more donations on the ‘Just Giving’ website.

But it wasn’t all plain sailing. Greg lost half-an-hour when his bike broke down.

“I had a problem with my bike gears and had to stop for repairs,” he recalled.

“The most I had managed during training was 62 miles, so I knew it was going to be a real challenge.”

He still managed to complete the run in 8 hours 28 minutes and would have beaten Boris Johnson by four minutes if he hadn’t been forced to stop.

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The two peddled their way from the Olympic Park with 16,000 other riders and followed a similar route to the London 2012 road cycling races, finishing at The Mall.

Gary completed the 100 miles through London and Surrey in 6 hours 16 minutes, but admits he also found it hard.

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