Local businessmen cycle across America for Asthma UK

By Anita Jaynes on 18 June, 2016

Mark Reed, chief technology officer at Corsham based MyLifeDigital is getting set to conquer his third Race Across America (RAAM).

He’s been gearing himself up for his latest role of team captain, having enlisted as a support crew member in 2014 and being part of an eight-man team of cyclists in 2015 that took on the challenge.  This time Mark is returning with a four-man team, T423 to raise awareness and funds for Asthma UK.

Mark and the team are cycling in memory of Antonia Thomas, daughter of local entrepreneur Jeffrey Thomas, owner of Hartham Park in Corsham. Antonia sadly lost her life during an asthma attack in 2009 aged just 10. This month should have seen her turn 17.

Every 10 seconds someone is having a potentially life-threatening asthma attack in the UK. Every day, the lives of three families are devastated by the death of a loved one to an asthma attack, and tragically two thirds of these deaths are preventable.

Jeffrey is joining Mark and the team as a support crew member, as they take up this impressive challenge which spans the width of North America.  Another team of eight riders will join them, to make a total of 12 riders cycling across 12 states and climbing over 100,000 feet as they work together to go from Pacific to Atlantic coast in one exhausting, exhilarating week. The riders will be breaking the pain barrier time and again as they pedal through some of the world’s harshest terrain and most hostile climates for a very worthy cause.

To donate to Mark’s fundraising page click here.

Pictured above: Mark Reed, chief technology officer at MyLife Digital