An air traffic controller from Whitton defied the elements to complete the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 road race in a personal best time.

Kris Jackson , who used to work at Heathrow, battled driving rain yesterday (Sunday, August 10) to reach the finish line in The Mall in 4h30m.

"It went really well and I knocked two hours off my time from last year, although the weather was just awful," he said.

"There was a really good craic and the people of Surrey and London were out supporting us in their droves, which was a huge help."

The 100-mile race was shortened by 14 miles, with Leith Hill and Box Hill cut from the course, due to safety concerns as the aftermath of hurricane Bertha lashed Britain.

Mr Jackson, who grew up in Whitton but recently moved to Aberdeenshire with his two children, has raised £600 for Help for Heroes, which supports members of the armed forces and their families.

You can still sponsor him at or by texting EGPD81 £3 (or £5) to 70070.