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Milton Keynes couple are in tandem to beat blood cancer

Jonathan and Tessa Cox

Jonathan and Tessa Cox

 

A woman who lost her leg to cancer cycled 500km from London to Paris on a tandem with her husband to raise money for a blood cancer charity.

Jonathan and Tessa Cox from Milton Keynes pedalled their way to Paris determined to beat blood cancer and in doing so donated almost £3000 to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

“We trained really hard for this ride through the winter months and were glad we did,” said Tessa.

“The ride was tough but the training paid off and we were able to enjoy ourselves.”

The bike ride, London | Paris: Be Unstoppable started in historic Greenwich Park on June 19 and took 220 cyclists to Paris over four days.

Jonathan, who is finance director at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “It was a fantastic event, although incredibly challenging in places.

“I cannot quite believe that we got to Paris – and we did not have to walk, even on the steepest hills.

“Riding past the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower on closed roads was unbelievable and gave a small sense of what the professionals experience - albeit rather faste - when they race the Tour de France.

“The support crew were incredible and the weather was perfect but what struck me most was the encouragement, passion and perseverance of all the riders.

“Riding together into Paris with a single message “cycling to beat blood cancer” stretching down the line, underscored for me the reality that we absolutely will do it – we will beat blood cancer, and everyone on the ride, and all the supporters who made donations were doing their bit to make it happen.”

The bike ride, London | Paris: Be Unstoppable started in historic Greenwich Park on June 19 and took 220 cyclists to Paris over four days.

The endurance ride gave participants all the excitement of being part of a peloton, with motorcycle outriders and closed roads, as well as an entourage of mechanics, physiotherapists and support vehicles.

Dan Solley, Cycling Events Delivery Specialist at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research says: “The effort that Jonathan and Tessa have put into training and on the ride itself has been inspirational. Every penny that they have raised will help us improve the lives of patients and reach our goal of beating blood cancers.”

To support Jonathan and Tessa please visit: beatingbloodcancer.org.uk/people/jonathan-cox/jonathan-tessa-cox-london-paris

 

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