Chris Farrow

group of cyclists with their bikes wearing red

The Flying Sporrans jump back on their saddles for the London to Brighton Bike Ride.

Chris Farrow and his team will be taking part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride in memory of their best friend, who died from heart disease in September 2008.

"Although I started my cycling journey with the BHF nearly 40 years ago, 2008 brought home how important the charity’s work is and why as many people as possible should take part in events like the London to Brighton Bike Ride to help raise vital funds for its life saving research. 

It was devastating and ever since that day, I made a promise to myself that I would ride the London to Brighton Bike Ride every year for the rest of my life to keep his memory alive.

"My best friend died of heart disease eight years ago. His family had a history of heart disease and although he was closely monitored throughout his life, he never woke up after having a quadruple bypass.

"It was devastating and ever since that day, I made a promise to myself that I would ride the London to Brighton Bike Ride every year for the rest of my life to keep his memory alive.

“I set up the Flying Sporrans team as we used to call him the Golden Sporran. Each year around 10 of us take the trip to London. From friends in their '70s to my own children, anyone can participate and raise money for such a worthwhile cause. 

“I predominantly fundraise through friends and the Freemasonry community, which I am a part of. They are always generous and it’s great to know that the money is going towards research that will support the millions of people living with heart and cardiovascular disease.

“Every year I’m proud to get back on the saddle to train, attempting as many hills and circuits as possible before the big day. In 2009, I even travelled to the South of France with my daughter, who is a PE teacher, to practice! 

“In 2015, seven out of our team of nine managed to cycle up the Ditchling Beacon without stopping – I am hoping we will all manage it this year!”

Coronary heart disease

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is when your coronary arteries (the arteries that supply your heart muscle with oxygen-rich blood) become narrowed by a gradual build-up of fatty material within their walls.

Our life saving research over the past 50 years has supported important innovations during coronary heart disease surgery. In the 1970s, one in ten patients died following surgery. The figure is nearer one in 100 today.

But there is still so much more we can do. To help us fund our vital research, you can sponsor Chris by visiting his JustGiving page or take part in the event yourself.

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