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Charity cyclist to take world challenge

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 07, 2013

Start of charity cycle ride from Burton to Paris Front - John Widdowson

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A CYCLIST who helped raise more than £11,000 for children and young people affected by cancer is taking to the road again.

John Widdowson, from Tutbury, and his 14-strong team completed his first mammoth task in July last year, which saw the cyclists travel from Burton to Paris in four days.

Now, Mr Widdowson, who beat lymphoma – a form of blood cancer – is to take on the world’s largest recreational bike ride – Vatternrundan, from June 14 to 15

He said: “In June of this year I will be cycling 300km (186miles) non stop around the Lake Vatern, in Sweden, to try and help raise funds for Cyclists Fighting Cancer - great charity which does so much to bring joy and happiness to young people affected by cancer.

“Over the next few months I’ll be out training and taking on various challenges to raise invaluable funds.”

It took Mr Widdowson and friends four days to reach Paris last year on a 318 mile cycle trek, which raised more than £11, 500 all in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and Cyclists Fighting Cancer.

The team spent months fund-raising at various events across Burton and South Derbyshire and held a thank you event in September to announce the total amount raised.

The team began their adventure at Rosliston Forestry Centre, cheered on by hundreds of supporters, and headed for the Eiffel Tower, stopping along the way in Oxford, Telscombe, Gournay and finally in Paris.

The Vatternrundan course starts and ends in Motala, Sweden, and last year 38 different nations were represented.

If anyone wants to sponsor the team, they can do so by visiting

www.justgiving.com/John-Widdowson11 or text WIDO84 and the amount to 70070.

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