Last year, Milly Edgerley, a 27-year-old Content and Marketing Manager from Surrey, participated in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 as part of Smile Train Team EMPOWER to raise money for children living with untreated clefts.
“Smile Train makes a huge difference in the lives of children all around the world, and I was very motivated to raise money for them. There’s something immensely gratifying about knowing that the money you raise will directly change someone’s life,” Milly shared.
Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside, before finishing at The Strand in Central London.
Milly explains that her love for cycling was a gradual process and started small, “I did my first long-distance cycle ride when I took on the London-Brighton ride five years ago, and I’ve done the ride every year since. Cycling is not only a great form of exercise, but getting outside and seeing parts of the countryside is a definite bonus. The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 was a bigger challenge, and one I felt like I was ready to take on for Smile Train.”
Milly completed the ride in 8 hours and 32 minutes, and managed to raise £470 for Smile Train — enough money to change the lives of three children with clefts. “The ride took a lot of leg power! This isn’t the kind of race where you can just hop on your bike and go for it — it’s long, and the hills can be pretty challenging. It required a lot of discipline to stick to a training schedule, but the thought of raising money for Smile Train kept me going.”