CHICHESTER, England, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Chichester businessman Robert Langmead has braved the high winds and heat of South Africa's Cape Argus cycle race to raise more than GBP5,000 for terminally ill children.
Mr Langmead, 42, Managing Director of Sussex property business Kingsbridge Estates, flew 6,000 miles to complete the 2011 Cape Argus Cycle Tour around the mountainous coastline near Cape Town.
He took part in the gruelling 110 km race to raise money for Chichester-based children's charity The Sussex Snowdrop Trust, which provides care at home, counselling and financial support for very sick local children and their families.
Presenting the charity with a cheque for GBP5,220, Mr Langmead said: "This was my 12th Cape Argus tour and race conditions this year were the best I can remember. My performance on the day was certainly helped by training up to 10 hours a week and by the thousands of South Africans lining the route to cheer us all on.
"Although the race is something I do for my own fitness and enjoyment, there is a serious side to my taking part too - raising money for children's charities. I was delighted to raise over GBP5,000 for The Sussex Snowdrop Trust to help the great work it does in supporting children and their families through the challenges of dealing with life threatening or terminal illness.
"I'm a dad myself, so The Sussex Snowdrop Trust's work strikes a chord with me and I am particularly pleased that the money raised will go to help local people."
Accepting the donation, Jo Rule of The Sussex Snowdrop Trust commented: "Robert's impressive achievement in South Africa will have a real impact on the important work we do with local children. We are very grateful for the support we get from local businesses like Kingsbridge Estates, particularly in the difficult economic times that all charities are facing at present."
The Cape Argus race attracts 35,000 competitors from around the world and poses a number of tough challenges including mountains, severe heat and very high winds.
Just seven hours is allowed to complete the race, with the winners often recording times of under 3 hours. This year Robert Langmead recorded a personal best time of 3 hours 26 minutes, placing him in the top 15% of all race competitors and in the top 5% for his age group.
Find out more about The Snowdrop Trust at http://www.thesussexsnowdroptrust.com
Find out more about Robert Langmead at http://www.robertlangmead.org
Media contact Richard Carnell +44(0)207-861-2439 RCarnell@Bell-Pottinger.co.uk
SOURCE Kingsbridge Estates