Thanks for taking the time to visit my fundraising page for Cancer Research UK and for considering sponsoring me for this challenge of a lifetime.
I am cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats in 9 days from September 7th -15th 2019. Its 980 miles ranging from 100-120 miles each day. This will be a serious challenge for me. Its going to take a lot of training and work to keep my old body together and each day there is a time limit to complete the stage so we have to keep going at a reasonable pace even on the big hills.The most I have cycled previously is 100 miles in a day on a few occasions which has been exhausting let alone repeating that and more for a further 8 consecutive days! I will be sleeping in a tent each night so no home comforts but it is an organised event so will be able to get a shower each night and get my smelly cycling kit washed! The route will be full of challenging hills especially in Devon and Cornwall and then the Lakes and of course Scotland has its own special brand of gradient to climb!
I have chosen Cancer research UK to raise money for. Over the last couple of years people close to me have been tragically affected by Cancer and I would like to ride in their memory and to continue the ground breaking work that continues to be done. My sister in law Janis died from lung cancer that was diagnosed too late in August 2017 and we miss her very much. A friend has been diagnosed with Prostate cancer in this last year and I am very happy to say that he has benefitted from a new treatment and is doing very well. There are few of us that do not know someone close to them who has had a cancer diagnosis.
I have paid £550 of my own money for this trip and will be paying further for travel to the start and from the finish as well as the cost of transporting my bike there and back. The charity will pay some additional costs on top of this to the organisers but clearly the more I can generate from sponsors the more goes straight to the charity.