When Clare Bonser first signed up for the Women V Cancer Ride the Night charity challenge in 2014, she made a firm commitment to raise money for women’s cancer charities, but little did she realise it would become such a big part of her life. Four years on, she’s taken part in Ride The Night every May and 2018 will mark her fifth in a row!
Clare had been greatly affected by the loss of her close friend, Andrea, who passed away in 2015 from breast cancer, and her grandfather, who lost his battle with Oesophageal cancer in 1999.
The popular charity event was an opportunity for Clare to give something back and for her to remember the special friends and family members affected by the disease. Over the years, Clare has developed great friendships through taking part in the event and is part of a close-knit group of amazing women who have also completed Ride the Night for the last four years.
Clare comments: “I’m really proud of how far our group of 20 committed Ride the Night cyclists has come and each year, we remain as enthusiastic as the first! We’ve all been affected in some way by cancer, losing close friends and family members. This unique event brings everyone together to raise vital funds for women’s cancer charities and we’ve met some truly inspirational women over the years.
“To keep each other motivated, we share training tips and progress in the months leading up to our night ride and on the challenge day, it gives me goosebumps to see thousands of women pulling together for the biggest female cycling event in the UK. Cycling the 100km can be tough at times but crossing the finishing line makes it extra special. Every year I sign up 48 hours after the event to the next one – nothing is stopping me!”
As well as taking part in Ride the Night, Clare regularly fundraises for cancer charities, including holding bake sales, and plans to do the same this year. Over the years, she has raised over £2,000.
Clare adds: “I’d encourage anyone to sign up to Ride the Night - whilst raising funds for three women’s cancer charities, Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, you’ll also be having great fun cycling through London, seeing famous landmarks by night, and experiencing the camaraderie that comes with the event!”
To find out more about taking part in Action for Charity’s Ride the Night event, visit www.dream-challenges.com.