Old friends take on new cycling challenge to help to beat cancer

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Five friends, with no cycling experience, are planning to ride 170 miles in three days next month.

Paul Alderslade, Luke Summerscales, Rob Atkinson, Alex Gray, and Rob Johnson, have known each other for over 20 years now, and will be taking on the Way of the Roses route to raise money for cancer research.

They will leave Morecambe at the start of the August Bank Holiday weekend and head back home.

Johnson said: “All of us have in one way or another been affected by this deadly disease Rob Atkinson’s mum bravely fought and beat cancer over the last couple of years.

“Another close friend Danny Pea fought and beat testicular cancer, as has my brother-in-law Matthew.

“Friends, parents and grandparents have all fought this disease, most successfully, but some unfortunately not. Alex’s wife Julie lost her brother after a brave battle with cancer when he was just 11 years old.

“I lost his mother Maureen suddenly to pancreatic cancer four years ago and two close friends, Allan and Ross, have both also lost their mothers Carol and Angela to cancer recently.

“Rob Atkinson’s fiancé, Karen, lost her mum Jane to cancer several years ago, so as you can see it is something we are all deeply affected by.

“We are hoping that one day there will be a cure to fighting cancer once and for all.

“We are genuinely blown away by the generosity of people that have already donated, and we would love to try and raise as much as we possibly can.

“This ride will be difficult, there’s no two ways about it, but hopefully we’ll all stick together, and enjoy the ride and help each other through it.

To donate to their cause visit https://www.justgiving.com/Brid-coast2coast-Crew