We caught up with Neil to ask him why he is doing it:
Since a national lockdown was introduced across the UK in March, 2020, a substantial amount of cancer screening was suspended. Alongside this, routine diagnostic work was deferred and only urgent symptomatic cases prioritised for diagnostic intervention, resulting in an increase in cases this year. Sadly, more of these cases are those where the disease has progressed to a more advanced stage.
I have a couple of close friends who have been directly affected by this disease and I will be cycling to support them and many others whose lives are impacted every day. Any donations to either charity would be warmly welcomed and this year you can track my progress via Strava.
Just click the link and follow me via the app!
Roughly half of Neil’s 300-mile challenge will be accomplished by taking part in the Grocery Aid event – Bike to the Bard. This involves cycling 250km (roughly 150 miles) in two days, finishing up in Bristol (via Oxford). And, this is all perfectly timed, as The Yellamen are in town for their FA Vase fixture against Hengrove Athletic, meaning that Neil will arrive just in time (punctures and other mechanical failures permitting!!!).
This is an amazing challenge and a great cause, so please support Neil…and save a seat on the coach for him otherwise it’s a long cycle back…!!!