cyclists in John O'Groats to Land's End charity ride
team of cyclists from Burnham-On-Sea will be tackling the famous
John O'Groats to Land's End (JOGTLE) cycle challenge this month
in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK.
Campbell, Simon Walsh, Jamie Saunders - all from Burnham-On-Sea
- will be joining friends Max Collingwood and Ben Bowley from North
Petherton and setting off on the 980 mile cycle with the aim of
completing the challenge in 12 days.
JOGTLE team is fundraising for Pancreatic Cancer UK, after Richard's
father-in-law Malcolm Troy, also from Burnham, died of pancreatic
cancer at Christmas 2015, aged 59, after a short and brutal battle
with the disease.
far they have exceeded their initial £3,000 target, with donations
continuing to flood in.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "None of us have ever done anything
like this before - in fact some of the guys actually had to go out
and buy bikes just so that they could undertake the challenge."
we have all been training and working really hard and are delighted
with how the fundraising has been going so far."
was a very keen cyclist and we went on many long distance rides
together, even after he was diagnosed with cancer, so it only seems
fitting that we do this challenge in his memory."
are heading off on 31st July, which would have been Malcolm's birthday,
and I will be riding Malcolm's bike for the final part of the cycle."
team will be following a closely planned out route, staying in hotels,
bed and breakfasts, hostels and with friends and family along the
are being supported by their friend Kevin Stratton, who will be
driving a support vehicle for the duration of the ride.
will also be undertaking his own personal challenge in aid of Pancreatic
Cancer UK and will be aiming to run 13 half marathons in 13 days.
in the year, Richard's wife Charlotte Campbell completed the London
Marathon in memory of her father Malcolm and raised £7,000
for Pancreatic Cancer UK.
Cancer is the only major cancer with a five-year survival rate in
the single digits. Despite advancements in treating major cancers,
there is still no early detection method for pancreatic cancer.
Cancer UK works tirelessly to support those affected by the disease,
investing in research, lobbying for greater recognition of pancreatic
cancer, and being there for everyone involved in the fight.
sponsor the JOGTLE 2017 team, visit www.justgiving.com/jogtlecycle17.
top, from left to right: Max Collingwood, Simon Walsh and Richard
Campbell completing the Wales Velothon as a training ride sporting
Pancreatic Cancer UK jerseys. Above, Richard Campbell cycling behind
his father-in-law Malcolm Troy, in whose memory the team will be
completing the 980-mile challenge