St Mary’s Man To Tackle Cycle Marathon For Second Time

Steve Watt with son James at the event in London last year

Steve Watt with son James at the event in London last year

A St Mary’s man who discovered competitive cycling later in life is undertaking his second 100-mile charity ride.

Last August, 70-year-old Steve Watt completed the ‘Ride London’ circuit around the capital and Surrey in five and a half hours, as a fundraiser for Diabetes UK.

And he battled storm force winds and torrential downpours from the tail end of Hurricane Bertha during the challenge.

This year there has been 88,000 applications for 20,000 places and Steve’s secured a regular entry, not tied to a specific good cause.

So, as RNLI press officer, he’s hoping to raise cash for the St Mary’s Lifeboat.

Steve says he will arrange collection points around the islands rather than setting up a Just Giving page, to ensure that the money goes to the islands’ base.

Last year Steve rode the circuit with his son James and he’s just heard that the pair have both been accepted for the 2nd August event.

Steve says the, “likelihood of that happening was about equivalent to the Woolpack Wanderers winning the FA Cup.”

Steve is looking to beat last year’s time and he hopes there won’t be a repeat of 2014’s extreme weather.