This coming March, my brother and I will be cycling 2000+ miles across Europe to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
A few years back my Grandad (a man that we were extremely close to) unfortunately became ill, and sadly he passed away to cancer in Salisbury hospital. His death personally hit me very hard. I stated to my close family, including his widow my Grandmother, that I was going to cycle 1000 miles in his honour for Cancer Research UK and to make him proud.
Unfortunately, life got in the way and it is huge regret of mine that the cycle ride never materialised past the planning stage. Last December my Grandmother suddenly became ill, and after only a week admitted in Salisbury hospital she too passed away to advanced Cancer. Something that I hold close to me, is that I was lucky enough that I was able to be at her bedside near the end, and I promised her that the 1000 mile cycle that I was going to do for Grandad, will now be a 2000 mile cycle for both of them and I know that she heard me!
My reasons, dedication and drive to complete this challenge outweigh any obstacle or pain that the 2000 plus miles will throw at us. I'm completing this, and getting to the end for "Nan and Grandad", and to raise every penny that I possibly can for Cancer Research UK .
In addition to this, my cousin has recently battled cancer and after a very hard and long fight he has thankfully been given the all clear when at times the outlook did not look positive.
My brother jumped at the chance to join me on the challenge and we are both training hard. The challenge will start in Spain and will see us cycle between 65 and 100 miles every day totalling over 2000 miles (the finish line will be back in the UK). Training was going very well until on September 25th I sustained the following injury, "Left anterior glenohumeral dislocation, with greater tuberosity fracture and Axillary nerve injury." I had to be airlifted to Bath hospital and put to sleep in order to put my shoulder back in, after hours of failed attempts. My shoulder joint came out so far that it was caught under my collar bone pinching the main nerve. I have also done "significant" damage to my Axillary nerve and Deltoids. I am determined and am training even harder through the frustration and pain in order to catch up on lost training time and ready to tackle the 2000 plus miles. Although I will injured from the start, I will be holding off an operation until I return, but this is nothing compared to what some people are going through.
Please join our journey! Your help and support to the end is vital and hugely appreciated, it makes a huge difference! We will be regularly updating this page and invite you to follow our twitter & Instagram page @cycle2000europe for full ongoing coverage . If you are in a position to donate then we can't thank you enough, you are with us and helping us achieve this huge goal. If you are not in a position to be able to help financially then please help spread our story and pages, to get our cause across to others.
* We are also seeking Company Sponsorship for the 2000 mile challenge towards logistic costs , Huge publicity available*
Thank you so much for your continued support, every single one of you! It's extremely welcomed and appreciated.
Mark & Jamie