On Sunday 10 August Harry Walton defied the wind and rain that lashed southern England in the wake of Hurricane Bertha to finish the RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycle sportive event for PAC.
Four hours and 21 minutes after setting off with the 20,000 assembled riders in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a soaked, hungry and cramped Harry crossed the finish line on The Mall.
"Once the klaxon sounded it felt more like a race than a sportive" said Harry. "Riding through traffic-free streets was a rare treat".
Safety concerns due to the extreme weather led to the course being cut from its original 100-mile route.
"The rain was relentless, and at times the ride felt like a solo" said Harry. "I was exhausted but relieved when I returned to London. Seeing familiar landmarks like the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben lifted my spirits".
"I’ve grown up in a close and caring family and never had to think about what it means not to have that stability. My family are the most important people in my life and I would be lost without them. It can’t be easy for anyone affected by adoption and I want to raise sponsorhip so that PAC can maintain its essential work with all those who are in need of expert support.”
You can help Harry to reach his £1,000 sponsorship target and see more photos from his training schedule and the day itself, on his fundraising page.