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Caernarfon Grandad Embarks on 300-mile Cycle

Cycle of Hope

A cycling mad Grandad from Caernarfon will take on an epic four-day cycling challenge to raise money for life-saving cancer research in North Wales.

Retiree David Pugh will take part in North West Cancer Research’s Cycle of Hope which will see him take on a 300-mile journey through three countries from Liverpool to Dublin.

On 4 July, David, along with a peloton of cyclists, will take on the four-day route starting at Liverpool’s iconic Pier Head, travelling through the English and Welsh countryside before completing the final leg of the journey in Dublin, Ireland.

This is the second year the 67-year-old has taken on Cycle of Hope. After first hearing about the funding that North West Cancer Research provides to nearby Bangor University, David was inspired to sign up and last year helped the charity to raise more than £35,000.

While working as a veterinary surgeon, David enjoyed the competitive side of cycling, taking on Tour du Mon in Anglesey and L’Etape UK. Since retiring in 2013, he has continued cycling for leisure to maintain his fitness.

David said: “I began training for this year’s Cycle of Hope back in April and have been averaging 80 miles per week to build up my stamina for the race.

“Although I’m retired, I try to stay as active as possible and events like Cycle of Hope help me stay on track with my goals, as well as giving me the opportunity to raise money for vital cancer research here in North Wales.

“I first took part in North West Cancer Research’s Cycle of Hope last year after hearing about the life-saving research the charity funds at Bangor University. It is incredibly rewarding to be able to support such a good cause through cycling and I didn’t hesitate to sign up to the event once again.”

Alastair Richards, CEO of North West Cancer Research, said: “Following the success of last year’s Cycle of Hope, it was a no brainer to bring it back for a second year.

“We already have a great team of cyclists, all with their own reasons for wanting to take part. Whether they have seen the impact cancer can have on families, or know the importance of research into the disease, they will all come together on 4th July to cycle 300-miles and raise money for fundamental cancer research.

“We wish all the riders taking part the best of luck.”

Sponsored by Rutherford Cancer Centres who operate a national network of cancer centres, the cyclists will cover England, Wales and The Republic of Ireland between 4-7th July 2019.

To support David in his challenge you can donate via his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-pughcoh