Hertfordshire teacher’s 180 mile cycle in memory of father-in-law
A TEACHER from Oaklands cycled a gruelling 180-mile coast to coast challenge to raise money for research into the cancer that killed his father-in-law.
Dominic Webster’s three-day trek from Morecambe to Bridlington helped raise more than �1,000 in memory of Philip Riley, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2006 just a few weeks after his diagnosis.
A keen cyclist, Dominic was joined by his wife Sally-Ann and two-year-old Pippa – although they were happy to travel by car!
The 43-year-old, who teaches at St Edmund’s College, in Ware, said: “I cycle about 40 to 50 miles a week on average, but this was no easy ride.
“I knew it was going to be hilly, but it was really tough going – especially the hill outside Settle in North Yorkshire which was incredibly steep and seemed to go on forever. On the plus side, I was lucky, with no punctures and no broken spokes along the whole journey.”
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“The kids at school have been a fantastic support,” he said. “In fact exceeding my target is down to them as so many of them sponsored me a few pounds out of their own pocket money, which is very touching.”
The donation – double his original fundraising target – will be handed to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.
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Pancreatic cancer has the worst survival statistics of any common cancer. Just three per cent of those diagnosed will still be alive after five years.