It’s just what the doctor ordered!

Charity cyclist: Horncastle doctor Simon Read
Charity cyclist: Horncastle doctor Simon Read

Planes, trains and automobiles - there are plenty of different ways to see the sights and sounds of London.

However, Horncastle doctor Simon Read took a slightly different mode of transport.

He’s completed the 100-mile Prudential Charity Cycle Ride around the streets of the capital.

Based at the Horncastle Medical Group in Spislby Road, Dr Read had plenty of motivation as he was raising money for LIVES and Macmillan Cancer Support.

He said: “I’m a very keen cyclist although I just tend to ride socially. I saw the adverts for the Prudential race and thought - why not? Then, I realised it was 100 miles.”

Doctor Read admits he’s never covered such a lengthy distance.

However, he completed the course and was obviously well qualified to treat any aching limbs.

He added: “It did seem a long way, but when you are raising money for two such worthwhile causes, it keeps you going.

“By and large, the route followed the same route cycling legend Chris Boardman took in the London Olympics. It was certainly a different way to see the sights.”

Dr Read set his sights on raising £1,000 is hopeful of topping that target.

LIVES spokesman Steve Hyde said: “We are extremely grateful to Dr Read for undertaking the charity bike ride in London.

“It is always wonderful when someone decides to support LIVES by doing something that is difficult and challenging.

“Not only does it raise much needed funds, it gains our charity awareness in the community, which in turn leads to more people understanding how important LIVES is to Lincolnshire and hopefully then themselves fundraising for us.”