TOUCHED by a friend’s diagnosis of a brain tumour, Jeff Gosden is saddling up to cycle 8,000 miles this year.
The 45-year-old has set himself the challenge so he can raise money for two charities – Brain Tumour Research and Debra, which supports those affected by a skin condition.
Jeff, of Orchard Road, in Southsea, said: ‘It’s shocking to learn that 16,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year yet this area receives just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research.
‘In doing my challenge I will be keeping myself fit and helping my friend and others who are touched by this devastating disease by funding world-leading research taking place right here in Portsmouth.’
Brain Tumour Research’s flagship laboratory is based at the University of Portsmouth.
Jeff said he got the cycling bug when he was diagnosed with high blood pressure and took it up to help him become healthier.
The 8,000-mile cycling challenge is the toughest fitness event yet for Jeff, who runs web development company JB Creative.
He added: ‘I wanted to do something which was going to be a real challenge and would require sustained commitment throughout the whole of the year.
‘To achieve this I will have to cycle the equivalent of nearly 22 miles every single day.
‘My aim is to notch up the distance by competing in events such as 100-mile sportives, some longer runs plus smaller rides I will have to do to keep up momentum.
‘Last year I broke my collar bone when I came off my bike. This put me out of action for around five months and the total miles covered across the year was 2,500.
‘Clearly I will have to build on this significantly to achieve my goal.’
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