Worthing friends link for charity ride

Mike Rolfe, left, and Martin Smith cycled from London to Paris
Mike Rolfe, left, and Martin Smith cycled from London to Paris

TWO Worthing friends have pedalled from London to Paris to raise money for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

Calling themselves A Site for Sore Thighs, Mike Rolfe and Martin Smith set off on June 19, with the aim of cycling from Tower Bridge to the Eiffel Tower over the next four days.

The were joined on the ride by Dave Boutwood, Frank Brooks and Max Blackman, who cycled from Hastings, and providing support on route were Marina James, Sue Edmonds, Eric Rolfe, Esme Rolfe, Karen Rolfe, Sue Smith and Anna Bate.

The cycle ride was in memory of Edda Rolfe, Mike’s mother, who died of lung cancer eight years ago, and Dave Edmonds, Sue’s husband and Marina’s brother, who died of pancreatic cancer last year.

Mike and Martin, who were born and bred in Worthing, came up with the idea at Christmas.

Martin’s wife, Sue, said: “Martin and Mike were joined on the journey through France by some friends who will had cycled from Hastings.

“A few of us travelled by car with them to provide support, first aid, mechanic skills - and, of course, moral support if the going got tough.

“The aim was to raise much-needed funds for the charities and we have already raised more than £4,000. Our chosen charities hold personal significance for both riders and support team.”

The riders made it to Paris last Monday evening, cycling down the Champs-Elysees and dicing with traffic on the slippery rain-covered cobbles.

To make a donation, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/site_for_sore_thighs.

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