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£1,000raised of £3,500 target by 35 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,000 to The Matthew and Andrew Akin Foundation in the 700 Miles to Hope.

    Funded on Friday, 22nd December 2017

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    I learnt about the 700 Miles to Hope cycle ride earlier this year, through my work as a statistician. This annual event is a key fundraiser for the Matthew and Andrew Akin Foundation ( which supports those affected by HLH (haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis), a rare but life-threatening illness that primarily affects children and has an enormous impact on their families. When I heard about the ride, I knew it was time to get involved to support patients on a whole new level; for me, this is turning data into a reality.

    But the decision to get involved was the easy part! Although I was already a keen cyclist, when I started training I had never ridden further than 30 miles – and I confess I had to call international rescue (i.e. my wife) because I was too exhausted to make it home. I am now working through a 5 month programme of focused, intensive training to make sure that I complete the ride and raise as much money as possible. I’m now regularly completing 60-mile rides – including getting myself home!
    The challenge is on: to cycle 700 miles in 7 days, from Jackson, MS to Natchez, MS to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, from 16 to 22nd September.

    I do hope you will support me for this important cause. All money donated will go to the Matthew and Andrew Akin Foundation; I am personally covering my own costs for taking part.

    The 700 Miles to Hope ride was born out of the idea of cycling across the country, dedicating each day to a child fighting HLH, in in order to raise awareness and funding. Through this initiative, HLH is being fought one pedal stroke at a time.

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    • Mark Nixon1 year ago
      Mark Nixon

      Mark Nixon

      1 year ago

      24 hours to go ...... in Jackson and rebuilding my bike...

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    • Mark Nixon1 year ago
      Mark Nixon

      Mark Nixon

      1 year ago

      Training 40 miles, 3 times a week on the road with turbo intervals inbetween. The big push is next week with 12 days intensive training......

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    • Mark Nixon1 year ago
      Mark Nixon

      Mark Nixon

      1 year ago

      Thank you to everyone for sponsoring so far. We just did the final shakedown of the tandem today and everything is looking good for saturday. 1 final training ride to do before the first 60 mile sportive - pics will follow.

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    Page last updated on: 10/1/2017 7:24 PM



    • Anonymous


      Oct 1, 2017

      I'm so proud of you Mark! Well done for completing this huge challenge! All your training has paid off and you should be very pleased with what you've accomplished! Time to set some new goals!!!

    • Sean Davies

      Sean Davies

      Sep 30, 2017

      Hard Miles well done


    • Louise Raiteri

      Louise Raiteri

      Sep 27, 2017

      All the best.


    • Samantha Graham

      Samantha Graham

      Sep 22, 2017

      Well done Mark!

    • Jennifer Dent

      Jennifer Dent

      Sep 21, 2017

      Good luck Mark. I hope you enjoy it too!


    • claire & Peter (Bristol crew)

      claire & Peter (Bristol crew)

      Sep 19, 2017

      Go mark! Keep on keeping on


    • Argyro Manousogiannaki

      Argyro Manousogiannaki

      Sep 18, 2017

      Really admirable!


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    Mark Nixon

    Mark Nixon

    For 20 years I’ve been working with patient data to identify health interventions that have better outcomes for patients. After learning about 700 Miles to Hope bike ride I knew it was time to get involved to support patients on a whole new level, turning data into reality.

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