Brighton line train driver cycles for a South African charity

A TRAIN DRIVER must swap rail for road as he tackles a grueling bike ride for charity.

Ben Ford, 51, will cycle 100 miles to raise money for Qhubeka – a charity that provides bikes to communities in South Africa so schools, clinics and jobs are more easily accessible.

Ben is a regular face in Brighton, as he runs the Govia Thameslink service to the city from King’s Lynn.

“When the pandemic hit, I wanted to make the most of the opportunity to exercise daily and get a change of scenery,” Ben said.

train from King’s Lynn to Brighton” alt=”The Argus: Ben drives the Thameslink train from King’s Lynn to Brighton” class=”editor-image”/>Ben drives the Thameslink train from King’s Lynn to Brighton

“I loved going out and exploring my area while running. Unfortunately I injured my calf so I had to give up and ride the bike instead.

“Something that started as a hobby has turned into a passion and I now use cycling as a way to raise much needed funds for charity.”

Ben, from Cambridge, joined the railway in 1989 where he worked in the marshalling yard, before progressing to eventually become a train conductor in 1996.

The Argus: Thousands of cyclists are expected to participate in the RideLondon eventThousands of cyclists are expected to take part in the RideLondon event

Now taking on a new challenge, Ben joins thousands of other riders at the RideLondon festival on Sunday May 29, when riders can select a charity they would like to raise funds for.

The route runs from Victoria Embankment in central London to Essex via Epping Forest, where it will return to London for the finish line at Tower Bridge.

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