cyclists complete John O'Groats to Land's End ride
team of cyclists from Burnham-On-Sea has completed the famous John
O'Groats to Land's End cycle challenge to raise funds for Pancreatic
Campbell, Simon Walsh, Jamie Saunders - all from Burnham-On-Sea
- joined friends Max Collingwood and Ben Bowley from North Petherton
for the 980 mile cycle, which they completed on Saturday (August
team was 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.
five cyclists, along with their support vehicle driver Kevin (who
ran 13 half marathons in 13 days during the ride), have now raised
a fantastic £8,365 and the figure is still rising. It means
they have well and truly smashed their original target of raising
Campbell, who completed the ride by poignantly cycling over the
line on Malcolm's bike in his memory, told Burmnham-on-Sea.com:
"The last 13 days have been incredible."
have all agreed that this has been the hardest, longest, funniest
and most rewarding trip ever."
weather definitely wasn't on our side - in fact we only had two
days where we didn't have any rain - and there were moments where
we faced real challenges."
we never thought it would be easy, and it has been totally worth
it to raise such a huge amount of money for Pancreatic Cancer UK."
added: "We were completely overwhelmed when we reached Land's
End, where so many of our friends and families had turned up to
cheer us over the finish line."
incredible support we had during the entire ride, not just from
our friends and families but from total strangers we met along the
way, really spurred us on."
like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has sponsored us -
the total we've managed to raise is completely beyond what we ever
imagined we'd be able to get."
hope that it goes towards making a real difference to the lives
of those affected by pancreatic cancer."
was a very keen cyclist and went on many long distance rides, even
after he was diagnosed with cancer, so it was fitting that the group
headed off on 31st July, which would have been Malcolm's birthday.
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. To sponsor
the team, visit www.justgiving.com/jogtlecycle17.
Top, the jubliant team at Land's End on Saturday. Above, Richard
Campbell cycling behind his father-in-law Malcolm Troy, in whose
memory the team have completed the 980-mile challenge