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Weʼre raising £3,018 to ride the Paris-Brest-Paris to raise money for Maggie's Centre Cambridge and Cancer Research UK in memory of Sam.

Bristol/Cambridge

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In August 2018 I lost an old school friend, Sam, to cancer. He was 36, two weeks younger than myself, and had a young family, just as I have. Losing a friend like this, at such a young age and in a situation very similar to my own, affected me in a way I wasn't expecting.

Inspired by Sam’s, and his wife Xanthe’s, unrelenting positivity and faith in the face of such a terrible situation, I felt I had to try and pay tribute to such a fantastic couple.

I wanted to do something I could dedicate to Sam's memory and look back on with pride. Something of which he would be proud. Losing a friend like this certainly focuses the mind to get out and do things, to have different experiences and to make the most of the opportunities you have.

So, in August 2019, I will embark on the Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur. This is one of the oldest cycling events in the world and requires riders to cycle from Paris to Brest and back again, a distance of 1218km. I will have 84 hours to complete this in.

Just getting to the start line itself requires a feat of physical endeavour. In August 2018, only a few days before Sam passed, I completed a 300km ride as a pre-registration qualifier. Before I can confirm my entry, I also need to complete a "super-randonneur" series, doing a 200km, 300km, 400km and 600km ride.

My fundraising target will be the total number of kms I will cover across all the events, which is 3018km = £3018. The money donated will be split equally between two charities. The first is Maggie's Centre in Cambridge. This charity provided a great deal of support for Sam and his family during his illness, and continues to support Xanthe and the children. The second is Cancer Research UK, to try and help others affected by cancer with treatments and cures.

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  • Phil Thomas10 days ago
    Phil Thomas

    Phil Thomas

    10 days ago

    For those interested, you will be able to track my progress on this page: https://track.rtrt.me/e/PBP-2019#/ My participant number is: Y116

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  • Phil Thomas10 days ago
    Phil Thomas

    Phil Thomas

    10 days ago

    A massive THANKS to all my latest supporters. Less than a week to go now, and I will be leaving for France on Friday. The packing has begun.

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  • Phil Thomas18 days ago
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    18 days ago
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Page last updated on: 8/22/2019 22.25

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93

  • Zoe

    Zoe

    Aug 22, 2019

    Great to meet you and Tommy on the road! Congratulations and hope to meet you again on the rando circuit. Happy recovery!

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 22, 2019

    Congralutions with this hearthwarming endeavor. All the best

    £20.00

  • Zoe Bell

    Zoe Bell

    Aug 22, 2019

    Fantastic achievement! Well done Phil!

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 22, 2019

    Well done Phil! You're a hero!

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 22, 2019

    Well done!

  • Mary Quick

    Mary Quick

    Aug 22, 2019

    £10.00

  • Auntie Phyll

    Auntie Phyll

    Aug 22, 2019

    Well done Philip

    £20.00

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