AN Ickenham man was among those completing the London to Brighton Bike Ride for the British Heart Foundation on Sunday. 

Civil engineer Rupert Randhawa, 56, was one of more than 12,000 riders who took on the ride from Clapham Common to Brighton seafront, all with the same mission to fund life-saving research. 

The BHF’s flagship fund-raising event, which has now been running for almost half a century, raised more than £1m for research into new treatments and cures. Mr Randhawa raised £1,000. 

He took on the challenge after losing his mum to a stroke and also has a friend working as a doctor in heart research at Cardiff University.

Mr Randhawa said: “The route was stunning, though brutal at times! The crowds at the end were wonderful and it felt so nice to have so many people cheering me on along the seafront.”    

Roisin Atkinson, senior events manager at the BHF, added: “It’s fantastic to see Rupert’s passion and determination in helping us fund life-saving research.”    

The London to Brighton Bike Ride 2025 ballot is now open: