Cyclist takes on Great Weston Ride for Prostate Cancer UK

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 March 2018

Phil Howell taking part in the challenge last year.

Phil Howell taking part in the challenge last year.

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A cyclist from Wick St Lawrence is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for a cancer charity by taking part in the Great Weston Ride.

Phil Howell took part in the Great Weston Ride (GWR) for the first time last year and raised £1,655 for Prostate Cancer UK.

He has signed up for the event again this year and hopes to raise awareness and funds for the vital cause.

He said: “I signed up for the 2017 GWR as a bit of a challenge to myself mainly, but thought it would give me something to work towards, as well as raise a bit of money for a great deserved charity, Prostate Cancer UK, at the same time.

“Having never really done anything to raise money for charity before, I was delighted to raise £1,655 through friends, family and work colleagues, which was rounded up to £2,000 by Making a Difference Locally, which is the charity linked to my company, Nisa Retail.

“I have decided to participate, enjoy, and support the event again this July, but not actively try and raise money as I don’t want to be nagging those around me again for sponsorship.

“Instead I will bang the drum to raise awareness of this terrible disease which kills so many men.”

Phil had not ridden a bike since he was a teenager, but after taking the sport up again he rode 2,500 miles on his bike last year.

He also took part in the first Great Exmoor Ride last September.

He said: “I was encouraged to do something for fitness by my wife who is a keen runner, but that didn’t appeal to me so I made my way down to Halfords and got kitted up.

“I reached nearly 2,500 miles on my bike last year, going out several times a week especially in the spring and summer and have really been bitten by the bug. I’m targeting 3,000 this year and no doubt the Great Weston Ride will once again be the highlight.

“It’s a great event for like-minded riders and I understand it has grown significantly since it first started which speaks for how much enjoyment it brings.

“I find cycling has helped me get fit and also helps me de-stress after a long day at work.

“I would recommend it to anyone thinking of taking it up.”

The GWR is a 57-mile ride from Bristol to Weston across the Mendips and Somerset Levels which is taking place on July 15.

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