Leigh Badham's story
Leigh Badham took on the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 for Arthritis Research UK and raised an incredible £2,580. Back to Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
Leigh’s mum, Jacqui, has had rheumatoid arthritis for over 32 years after developing the condition at 28 whilst she was pregnant.
Since then, she has also developed osteoporosis as a result of the steroid treatments she received early in her diagnosis. She has had to undergo shoulder, hip and elbow replacements and most recently a fusion of her ankle. Jacqui has been taking anti-TNF drugs over the last few years which has made her condition more manageable, thought she still experiences pain.
Leigh says “Alongside all the pain she has endured, my mum is the most wilful fighter I know. She fights through on a daily basis and very rarely lets the illness get the better of her.
"I decided to join her fight by taking on the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and chose to support Arthritis Research UK. Having missed out on the ballot, I was successful in securing a guaranteed charity place on Team A.
“Great fun, great challenge, great atmosphere” Leigh Badham
“With the weather on our side, it was such a great challenge. Taking to the closed streets of London and Surrey, seeing the Team A cheer squad in Kingston, then getting the opportunity to meet fellow Team A cyclists at the end (alongside a celebratory glass of fizz) it really was an incredible day – so much so I am in the mix for 2016.
“My mum is fantastic and I could ask for no better. I know she would never be able to do something like this challenge so I jumped at the chance to do it in her name and to support a charity that I know is close to her heart and the family’s.
“I received fantastic support from the team at Arthritis Research UK and it contributed to the whole experience.”
Jacqui says "When Leigh told me he was applying to do RideLondon to raise money for Arthritis Research UK it made me feel very proud. To think he would do this for me and thousands of people like me, living with this painful and debilitating disease, brought a tear to my eye.
“On the day of the ride we were in London to cheer him on - I had a lump in my throat all morning" Jacqui Badham
“On the day of the ride we were in London to cheer him on - I had a lump in my throat all morning. It was a real party atmosphere and people were making the most of a beautiful day.
“When we heard Leigh was coming to the end of the ride we battled through the crowds to get to the finish line. I was elated to see him cycle up the Mall with his arms in the air. He saw me in the crowd clapping and screaming with tears of joy in my eyes and my heart full of pride. Well done Leigh! You have made your family proud and the money you have raised will make a difference, to many people living with the pain of arthritis every day."
Join Leigh, and take on the 2016 RideLondon-Surrey 100 by securing one of our guaranteed charity places today. To find out more about the event and how to apply visit our page here.