Heathfield man to cycle 215 miles

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A Heathfield man who battled prostate cancer is climbing aboard his bicycle and pedalling more than 200 miles to raise money for the charity which helped him.

David Stables, 62, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March 2012.

He successfully underwent treatment at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and said he now wants to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

David said: “As a thank you for the support and treatment I received, I have decided to do a 216 mile Circular Cycling Camping Tour (3CT) of Kent and East Sussex starting on June 14 through to June 17.

“I am being accompanied by my 21-year-old son, who is a second year student at UCLAN studying for a BSc Hons degree in Sports Science.

“We will be starting from Heathfield, and using National and Local Sustran cycles routes, riding through Tunbridge Wells, Ashford, Canterbury, Whitstable, Margate, Sandwich, Dover, Folkestone, Lydd, Camber, Hastings and Eastbourne then back to Heathfield.

“The aim is to cover around 50 miles per day, camping for three nights en route.

“So we will be carrying all our gear, including cooking and camping.

“I am doing this to raise money for the Prostate Cancer UK charity, who helped me when I was diagnosed with the disease, which kills one man every hour. A sobering thought.”

David has been training hard for the ride and did his first training ride on a new bike that he built himself earlier in the month.

In one of his training rides he rode 18.5 miles around East Sussex, through Hellingly, Cowbeech, Ruslake Green, and Heathfield.

David is writing a blog about his challenge which also includes details of the bike he will be riding during the 215 mile cycle.

If you would like to read David’s blog visit http://60plusanda3ct.wordpress.com/

If you would like to donate to David and support his challenge, you can visit his fundraising website at www.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidStables

Prostate Cancer UK supports men who are diagnosed with the disease.

To find out more about the charity and if you would like help and advice visit the Prostate Cancer UK website at http://prostatecanceruk.org/