Joe Jord is set to cycle 2,300 miles across Europe to raise money for local cancer research projects.
Joe from Cheshire will begin the two-week long challenge on 27 March, which will see him cycle through five different countries.
Joe, who is 50, will start his epic journey in Hull, where he'll board a ferry to Rotterdam. He'll then cycle his way through the Netherlands, and cross into Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia. He will then head back to Rotterdam via east Germany and it’s Hartz Mountains.
Joe has been inspired to take on the challenge after his mother, Tricia Jacks, was diagnosed with bowel cancer five years ago aged just 79. After undergoing treatment and surgery to remove half of her bowel, Tricia has now made a full recovery.
Joe wants to raise £5,000 for North West Cancer Research in the hopes of helping more people survive cancer.
He said: “It’s the worst feeling in the world watching someone you love go through the experience of cancer. My mum was incredibly brave throughout it all and fortunately her treatment worked and she is still with us today."
“Mum is one of the lucky ones. Last year one of my good friends Geoff Price lost his short battle with cancer. His pancreatic cancer was diagnosed too late and from what I understand this is can be an incredibly difficult cancer to treat. He was just 79 and his loss has been incredibly sad for us all."
“I want to raise money for North West Cancer Research, as it supports life-saving research here in the North West - research which could help more people like my mum, survive cancer. I’m hoping to raise around £5,000 through donations. I’ve set up a Just Giving page and people have been incredibly generous so far."
“Although I’ve been training hard this will not be an easy task, as I’ll be cycling constantly for a fortnight. But no matter how much pain I’ll be in, it’s nothing compared to what people with cancer go through and nothing compared to the pain of losing someone to this horrible disease.”
As a keen cyclist Joe has been cycling an average of 620 miles a month, in preparation for the trip and has had encouragement from his friends at The Chester Road Club.
Under Audax UK regulation – the UK’s Long Distance Cycling Association, Joe will cycle a minimum of 125 miles per day. He will ride the whole journey solo and unsupported.
Sara Cooper from North West Cancer Research, said: “This a great if not tough fundraising challenge and we wish Joe the best of luck. As a charity we rely on the support of our fundraisers, whose efforts are vital in allowing to fund life-saving cancer research.”
To make a donation to Joe’s fundraising challenge go to his Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/JJcyclingholidays