Grant Hepburn cemented his friendship with Mark while they were both on their bikes training for the London-Brighton bike ride and Laurie Othen became friends with Mark while he was enjoying one of his other interests- visits to the local pub with his wife Debbie. Benjamin Tilly and Alex Dunlop are both keen cyclists and both say it is a privilege to be part of the Assen Challenge raising money in memory of Mark.
Grant has done a fair amount of cycling through the years and had more than his fair share of accidents.But aged 41 and in need of some regular exercise he got back on his bike and with Mark and a friend, Trevor Potts they started regular Sunday morning bike rides.
Laurie hadn’t owned a bike for 15 years until Mark’s death inspired him to buy a new one and embarked on his ﬁrst challenge of a 60 mile ride through the Chilterns.
Alex has done some lengthy rides over the last 7 years including London-Paris, London-Amsterdam, but the Assen Challenge will be the longest that he has done and he is training accordingly. Alex’s cycling endeavours have raised signiﬁcant money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, British Heart Foundation and others.
Ben raced mountain bikes in his early 30’s but these days he is more likely to be found enjoying road cycling trips around the Chilterns. Ben has also arranged a number of events raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.