Kingman raises over £1500 in ride of remembrance!
British racing driver Clayton Kingman has completed a gruelling endurance cycle ride in aid of Mission Motorsport.
Over the weekend of the 7th & 8th of November Mission Motorsport held the Race of Remembrance at Anglesey Circuit in North Wales. The event is a 9 hour endurance motor race which see's competitors of all levels competing alongside the Mission Motorsport beneficiaries. The race breaks at 11am on remembrance sunday for a moving remebrance service in the paddock where civilians stand beside service personel to remember all of those both past and present who have made sacrifices for their country.
Clayton had attempted to put a deal together to enter the event but when that fell through he quicly turned his attentions to how he could raise some additional funds for the charity. It was from here that he began discussing a cycling challenge with Jon Earp who was the brain behind the event. After a number of discussion Jon took the bull by the horns and decided to tweet that Clayton would be cycling for the duration of the event. A 9 hour cycle ride is a challenge for even the keenest of cyclist let alone someone who had not ridden a bike since their childhood. "I spoke with a lot of people who all suggested it was not possible and that I was crazy, when you speak to Sir Chris Hoy's manager and he echoes those thoughts you know you are in for a challenge" remarked Clayton.
Never the less Clayton began to put a plan together setting up and donation page and obtaining accomodation in the form of a campervan that was kindly donated by Drive South West. With his bike and Jaffa Cakes packed up it was time for Clayton to embark on his journey to Anglesey Circuit. 5 hours later and he arrived at a very wet and windy circuit to set up base before heading in to the marquee to sample the hot food and fantastic atmosphere on offer. There are not many events if any where you get such a vast array of people from all walks of life. From renowned journalist Chris Harris to British Touring Car Championship stars both past and present all chatting freely with the wounded heroes taking part and the general public.
"I had watched the Race of Remembrance the previous year on TV and also been told by a number of people how fantastic the event was, upon arriving on the friday evening to such a welcoming atmosphere I felt priviledge to be part of such an incredible event." The drivers and Clayton headed off to get some much needed rest abut the party continued long into the night with some fantastic bands keeping the many voulenteers, team members and spectators entertained.
For the drivers it was raceday and for Clayton, time to don his cycling attire and begin his gruelling challenge. 16:00 hours and under strong gales the race began and with that so did Clayton. It was not long until the first safety car gave the drivers a chance to relax a little, something I am sure Clayton would have loved to have taken advantage of. The sun began to set and nightfall arrived, out on track it continued to be litered with safety car interventions in the hazardous conditions along with one car deciding to have a late bonfire night. At 19:00 hours the fireworks began signalling the end of part 1 of the race and a well deserved break for Clayton who was in some pain having not stopped since the race began and making the schoolboy error of not purchasing a comfotable seat.