Cycling challenge to thank Macmillan

James is cycling 140 miles to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support
James is cycling 140 miles to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support

A former Vandyke Upper School student is taking on a 140 mile cycle challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

James Brackenbury, 27, will be cycling from York to Peterborough on Friday, September 18. he is leaving York Minister at 8am and hopes to arrive at Peterborough’s show ground by the early evening.

He hopes to raise £350 for the charity that supports patients and families that are affected by cancer.

He said: “My family has been affected by cancer, my mum had breast cancer a few years ago, she is okay now, but at the time we had so much support from Macmillan and it really helped us all get through a tough time.

“They were amazing and were always there when we needed support or if we had any questions. This challenge is my way of saying thank you to Macmillan for everything they did for us.”

The 27-year-old has been doing endurance training on his bike to prepare for the challenge.

He said: “I have upped the training this week and I am working hard, I have been doing six or seven hour long rides to prepare for it on my days off and I have been going for rides in the evenings.

“I want to thank my sponsors Caygill Cycles, Rimmor Bros who are donating £150, and Shoeberry who are donating £100 and supporting me on the event by carrying food, drink and bike repair essentials.

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