Giles will cycle 300 miles for cancer charity
FRAMPTON Cotterell rugby player Giles Fletcher is taking on a gruelling 300 mile cycle ride to raise money for a cancer charity.
Giles, above, a police officer who also coaches U10’s rugby, is taking on Le Tour de Balls Deux, a ride involving around 25 other cyclists from Bodmin in Cornwall to Bristol.
He will be joined by friends Stuart Sharman, who persuaded him to take on the challenge, Kevin Ashton and Mark Chaplin. All four are regulars at the Globe pub in Frampton.
They will cycle for three days on the May bank holiday weekend between May 4 and 6, aiming towards a celebratory finishing party at the Globe.
Among the group taking on the tour will be cancer survivors, their families, and supporters of the charity It’s in the Bag, which raises awareness of testicular cancer.
They will be cycling on a roundabout route, travelling from Bodmin to Minehead on day one, stopping at Week St Mary, Torrington and Barnstaple.
The second day will see the tour head from Minehead to Chippenham, stopping at Bawdrip, Cheddar and Bathampton.
On the final day the riders will head from Chippenham to Frampton Cotterell and the celebration party.
Giles said: “I’m not getting any younger – I’m 40 this year – and thought ‘I need a challenge’.
“I still try and play rugby but seem to spend most of my time injured. A good friend of mine lost her dad to cancer last year and he was a keen cyclist, so he has become an inspiration for me to complete this challenge.”
It’s in the Bag provides support for men with testicular cancer in the South-West, as well as raising awareness of the disease across the region and beyond.
The charity is run by a group of survivors with support from specialist NHS staff.
It aims to support men with testicular cancer through their treatment, to spread awareness by teaching men to check their testicles regularly and to help survivors deal with the emotional and practical impacts of the disease.
Giles has already raised nearly £450 out of his £600 target amount. You can support him online at bit.ly/2TR2fGF.