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Riders Get in the Saddle for Liverpool Chester Ride

Cyclists of all ages hit the roads of Liverpool and Chester for the Liverpool Chester Liverpool Bike Ride in July, to help support local life-saving research.

Liverpool to Chester bike riders

Father and son duo, Martin and Ollie, along with Ollie’s cousin Anya took on the five mile family route, cycling traffic-free through the Queensway Tunnel from Liverpool to Birkenhead and back. Together they raised £470.

Ian Dagger raised a whopping £1,500 as he cycled alongside his partner Karen on the 50 Mile Chester Challenge route. The couple started at Dale Barracks event village in Chester before heading North towards Frodsham and through the beautiful Delamere Forest, finally heading back to the Barracks.

With seven years of cycling experience under his belt, Ian enjoyed every minute of the cycle, saying: “The atmosphere and camaraderie among the riders, organisers, marshals, and spectators was just fantastic. This year I chose to raise funds for North West Cancer Research as I wanted to support a charity that benefits the area local to me, where I grew up and where I live now alongside my family and friends.

“Like so many people my age, cancer has stuck its ugly head into our lives with far too much regularity, so I think it’s time I did my bit to make sure the Charity’s crucial role in fighting cancer continues.”

Kenton Barker and Marcus Wilson both opted for the 50 Mile Liverpool Chester route, which started at the historic Old Haymarket in Liverpool, before taking to the Queensway Tunnel, looping through North Chester and heading back through the tunnel to finish at Liverpool’s Exchange Flags.

Kenton was inspired by his wife, Kath, and mum, Joan’s, journeys with cancer during the pandemic, saying: “As a family we had to navigate not only my mum and wife’s cancer journeys as they went through treatment, but also the pandemic and multiple lockdowns. A few years on now and they both fortunately appear okay. After what my family has been through, I felt it was important to support a charity doing vital work to change the outlook of cancer in our region.” Kenton raised £694.

Marcus has a similar story, as shortly after signing up for the ride he was informed of his sister’s diagnosis. “I think it’s important to support a charity that is working hard to improve the future of cancer outcomes and treatment. The coincidence with my sister’s diagnosis just made me even more driven to raise what I can.” Marcus raised £182.

Cycle enthusiasts John Moore and Simon Smith from Bromborough based cycle group, Brombay Cycling Club, hit the road to support their teammate after a recent cancer diagnosis. Together they took on the lengthy 100 Mile route, starting in Liverpool and exploring Alvanley and Frodsham, with some challenging climbs worth tackling to take in the picturesque Mersey view. Between them the pair raised in excess of £1,189

John said: “Our friend’s diagnosis came as a massive shock to us, and so we chose to support North West Cancer Research during this year’s ride as it’s a charity that focuses on improving cancer outcomes for the people in our region.

“This year we went for the 100 mile ride, as we thought it would be a real challenge that would be worthy of someone going to the trouble of sponsoring us. The support came flooding in from friends, family and colleagues and we couldn’t be more grateful.”

If you would like to take part in this event

next year, visit nwcr.org/livchester