John O'Groats to Land's End Charity Ride

in Aid of Prostate Cancer UK

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JOHN O’GROATS TO LAND’S END CHARITY RIDE 

IN AID OF PROSTATE CANCER UK

GreatBritain 

Like everybody else, I knew about Cancer, but it was something that affected other people, not me and was never part of my own family’s history.

The direct impact cancer had on me was in 2001, when a dear female friend, died of Lung Cancer. When she found out she had cancer (smoked since she was fifteen) she rang me and asked me to run her pub business in the Dales. I dropped everything and rode over. Nine months afterwards she died in my arms. 

Since then, many more friends died of this illness, but I was so engrossed in chasing financially lucrative contracts, that I allowed the years to pass me by before doing something about it.

When my favourite dog, Charlie, tragically died of a cancer related condition, I decided to act. 

It was during a weekend, when my then girlfriend and I, were out for a walk with him at Temple Newsam. He started to bleed profusely. We took him to the vet and he was put down. It brought all kinds of sad memories flooding back, of my friends and my then girlfriend’s father, who had also died of prostate cancer.

My first ride, in 2014, was for Charlie and my friends Harry, Jim, Darren, Alex, Chester, John, Paul, Andy and some of whom are still battling on.

My chosen journey was influenced by Henry Cole's inspirational ride from John O'Groats to Land's End in his TV series "World's Greatest Motorcycle Rides"

A compilation of all my rides will soon be available in Kindle and Book formats.

Watch this space.

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