A SOUTHPORT cyclist will take on a 1,000 mile challenge next month in memory of his dad.
Martin Bailey, 49, from Kew, will take on the Cycle 300 challenge for 2022 and is increasing his mileage target from 300 to 1000, in the hope of receiving even more donations.
For the challenge Martin, who is a gas network supervisor for Cadent Gas, will be peddling in memory of his dad Thomas, who died from lung cancer in May 2019 aged 70.
After recently hanging up his rugby boots, Martin has become a keen cyclist, riding most days, and always past the pond where his dad’s ashes were scattered.
Martin said: “Nearly three years ago I sadly lost my dad to cancer and I miss him every day. I will be pedalling harder than ever because I want to raise money for life-saving research so future generations won’t suffer like my dad did.
“I often think about the day my dad said goodbye to me just before he died, and it makes me very emotional. I hope that by raising donations I can make a difference and in the future more and more people diagnosed with cancer will go on to live.”
Dad of four and new grandad, Martin, is a firm believer in the positive health benefits of cycling and is also encouraging others to take part.
Participants are asked to raise money for life-saving research by getting sponsored to cycle 300 miles during June. And taking part needn’t be an uphill struggle as people can choose how, when and where they hit the target - whether they ride 10 miles every day, 75 miles every weekend or all in one go.
The challenge can be completed indoors, outdoors, solo or as part of a team - and cycling to work, the shops or taking on a spin class all count towards the distance.
Martin added: “Cycling is good for keeping fit but also for your mental health. I have time to think when I’m on my bike and I always go past the pond where my dad’s ashes are scattered and take a moment to reflect.
“There’s no better motivation for the Cycle 300 challenge than knowing you’re helping to save lives, so I hope that people in Southport will get on their bikes with me this June and do their bit to make a difference to all our futures.”
Join the challenge and receive a free fundraising pack at the website: cruk.org/cycle300
To donate to Martin’s campaign, visit the website: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/martins-cycle-1000-miles-giving-page