- Paul ReynoldsPaul Reynolds
In 2008 Paul was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer. He passionately feels that he is one of the lucky ones – if he had been diagnosed 10 or 20 years earlier his outcome could have been very different.
He started cycling after his surgery to get fitter and has become an enthusiastic MAMIL. Simultaneously, he got involved with Bowel and Cancer Research, first as a trustee and now as the Chairman. Over the years, he has raised tens of thousands for the charity.
Now to mark 10 years since diagnosis, he has set himself the ultimate cycling challenge. In doing so, he hopes that he will be able to raise some money for the charity to fund vital research and enable more people, like himself, to survive bowel disease and bowel cancer.
- Ian PrideauxIan Prideaux
I started cycling about 15 years ago (I am now 60), initially just as a quicker and more pleasant way to commute to work. I then gradually branched out into riding in events and for fun at weekends. I have now done the London – Brighton run about ten times and in both 2012 and 2014 I cycled from London to Paris in aid of the Royal British Legion. The next thing to catch my eye was the Prudential London Ride 100 which I have taken part in for each of the last three years (2015-2017). I have also done a couple of Round the Isle of Wight rides.
I can honestly say I have enjoyed all of these events. The camaraderie, sense of freedom, the exercise one is getting and the speed all add to the experience, notwithstanding the hill ascents get tougher with age.
LEJOG will be the big one. The daily distances will be somewhere between a London-Paris day and a Prudential 100 day, which were fine, but can I put together 12 of them in succession? It will be a physical challenge but the opportunity to see parts of the country I have never seen and the sense of achievement in having cycled the whole length of the UK will make it all worthwhile….I hope!
Along with Bowel & Cancer Research, Ian is supporting another cause close to his heart, The Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre. Any donations made to his page will be split 50-50 between the 2 charities*. The DNRC, will be one of the world’s best clinical rehabilitation centres. Clinical rehab is about getting people back to fitness, back to mobility and back to work after serious trauma injury. The DNRC will provide the very best possible care for members of the armed forces but there is also the real potential for the expertise which resides in Defence to benefit the country’s civilian population. What is in prospect is the first ever specialist rehab facility being nearby on the estate, sharing the Defence facilities and enabling training and education of civilian staff in this field of medicine which could have a significant long term effect on rehabilitation across the country.
Charity number: 1141934
* Funds raised will be divided after the costs of processing have been taken into account.
- Charles MesquitaCharles Mesquita
I have worked in the world of investment for over 30 years specialising in helping charities. I discovered road cycling in 2012, now a sad MAMIL (Middle Aged Man in Lycra) with a patient family, Liza and two wonderful boys who think I am quite mad. I'm an army brat who settled in Suffolk i.e. great training for the hills!!! but happy to suffer for a great cause.
- Julian CrippsJulian Cripps
I'm a typical “aging recreational sportsman” to whom one thousand miles on a bicycle seems like a really long way. But after both my eldest son’s godfathers were diagnosed with cancer I felt compelled to join this trip. Joyously Paul is leading our LEJOG charge. Sadly Matthew passed away in June 2017, and I miss him.
- William Ridsdill SmithWilliam Ridsdill Smith
I work as a GP in Woolpit in Suffolk and met Charles recently at a dinner party. We started talking about cycling as rather sad middle aged men do. He mentioned this challenge. He must have seen my eyes light up. My last foray into this sort of thing was over 10 years ago when I was rather foolishly persuaded to do an ironman triathlon. My wife nearly left me and I snapped my achilles tendon a year later.
Bowel cancer is extremely common and very treatable, especially if picked up early. I do feel it is an extremely worthy cause to be cycling for.
- Doug TannahillDoug Tannahill
Although I'm a bit of a fitness nut and someone who has always enjoyed playing high level sports, I only got on a road bike less than a year ago so this challenge will be a new one for me!
I work as an Osteopath at CHHP in Harley Street. CHHP was the clinic where a great man named Chris Seery visited with regularity in the past. In early 2010 Chris Seery was diagnosed with late stage bowel cancer (right Hemicolon and splenic flexure -mucinous/signet ring adenocarcinoma) HNPCC phenotype. After a year of failed operations, acute septicaemia, open wounds, a stoma, 80 pounds of weight loss and 12 cycles of chemotherapy he was given the all clear. Three months later, an operation to reverse the stoma and rebuild his abdomen wall found a rare and potentially incurable progression of the disease.
Chris and a group of fathers set up "Fathers at Brandeston” charity bike ride. His charity was Bowel and Cancer Research. He especially embraced their mission of investing in the best science research across the UK that has direct patient benefit, as well as their determination to involve the public, supporting/educating people with bowel conditions.
Just 3 weeks before the race - Chris was clocking up 50 miles in a day, in all weather and through the most gruelling rounds of chemotherapy, he continued training with the courage, determination and good humour that is typical of his commitment. But, it is the cruellest irony of the illness that he was in peak physical condition just as the disease began its rapid progression. He received the devastating news that the cancer has spread and treatment options were exhausted. Chris could not make the ride but he was able to stand at the finish line on Sunday 17th June 2012 (Fathers Day) and cheer on the his co-riders after their successful ride and £50,000 contribution. After a tremendous courageous journey, Chris passed away 7 August 2012.
I am honoured to be able to take Chris’ bicycle to make that ride, the ride it was meant to complete, for the charity that meant so much to him.
- David MorleyDavid Morley
I'm a late joiner to the group and work and family commitments limit me to joining the cycle for only stages 2,3 and 4. This is probably a good thing as I had to wait for the end of the rugby season before I could shed my winter coat and start training.
My father died 18 years ago from Bowel Cancel and the memory of him, plus the increased genetic risk (thankfully I tested positively very recently), means that Bowel & Cancer Research is a cause with a special significance.
Although only riding a quarter of the total distance, the challenge of getting from zero miles at the end of April to 260+ miles in 3 days in early-June is one that I'm very focused on conquering, as is raising funds for this special cause.
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