Submitted for publication by Brain Tumor Research
On Sunday July 3, two groups of cyclists saddled up on the Isle of Wight trek to cycle 68 miles around the island or twice around the island, making a total of 136 miles. Event organizer and cycling enthusiast Simon Tier was joined by more than 50 club and amateur cyclists, raising thousands of pounds for brain tumor research.
Simon said: “The day went so well, a flying start for the ultras who set off on their two laps straight from the ferry and then a staggered start in groups for the single course. Incredible support from all of our volunteers, great support from so many companies to enable us to keep our runners fully fueled throughout. Most importantly, thousands of pounds raised.
Simon organized the event the same year he lost his best friend and witness, Alan, to glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) at the age of 47.
Simon said: “His 14 to 18 month survival prognosis was so stark. In fact, he survived almost five years in total, after his diagnosis, but five years when you’re only in your 40s is rubbish.
“In the face of appalling brain tumor statistics, I decided to play my part in trying to make a difference and in 2012 I had the opportunity to take the iconic route from Land’s End to John O’Groats, 1,000 mile cycle in 12 days Since I was still a big mountain biker, I didn’t buy a road bike, but borrowed one from a family friend, and trained on the distance and endurance.
“I created my first JustGiving page and was thrilled that before I loaned my bike out, my first road bike fundraising challenge raised more than enough to sponsor a day of research for Brain Tumor Research.”
Simon has since raised over £40,000 for the charity and received support from the local community, including cycling club Fareham Wheelers. In recognition of his fundraiser, on Wednesday July 6, Simon will carry the Queen’s Baton ahead of the Commonwealth Games later this month.
This year’s event was sponsored by the Newport and Ryde branches of Specsavers.
Tanzila Afzal, Specsavers Ophthalmology Partner, said, “We were delighted to be able to support brain tumor research with this event. We know that a large number of brain tumor patients will experience vision problems and we want to emphasize the importance of having regular eye exams. An eye test can also sometimes detect eye problems that indicate the presence of a brain tumor before symptoms become evident.”
Mel Tiley, Community Development Manager at Brain Tumor Research, said, “We are thrilled to be able to support Simon’s fundraiser again. He has worked tirelessly over the years, encountering difficulties with the rest of the world during the pandemic, and has not lost hope and determination to help us find a cure for brain tumours. Sunday’s event had a really special community feel and we can’t wait to see bigger things next year.
Brain Tumor Research funds sustainable research at dedicated centers in the UK. The charity is driving the call for a national annual spend of £35million to improve survival rates and patient outcomes in line with other cancers such as breast cancer and leukemia and is also campaigning for greater drug reuse.
To find out how to take part in the Isle of Wight hike next year, please visit www.braintumourresearch.org/fundraise/take-on-a-challenge/event/2022/07/03/take-on-the- challenge/ isle-of-wight-randonnee or email [email protected]
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