Setting off on the Ruby Ride for Rowans Hospice

IN THE SADDLE Cyclists, from left, Richard Pearman, Steve Walkling, Humphrey Cobbold, Paul Overton, Martin McKinlay, Alberto Billato from Wiggle
IN THE SADDLE Cyclists, from left, Richard Pearman, Steve Walkling, Humphrey Cobbold, Paul Overton, Martin McKinlay, Alberto Billato from Wiggle
From left, Terence Rierkert, Matt Chapman, Steve Kramer, Dan Deeks, Theresa Newstead, Simon Freeman and Josh Roux
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170948-1)

Portsmouth friends to tackle 101-mile walk for man with cancer

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WITH each pedal, Fiona Jacques-Stevens will remember her sister on a fundraising cycle ride.

Fay Jacques, 43, of Gosport, lost her battle with cancer in August last year.

She and her family were given support by The Rowans Hospice.

And to say thank you, Fiona, 48, of Hartlands Road, Fareham, is taking part in the Ruby Ride.

In its second year, the cycling event raises money for the Purbrook hospice.

Fiona said: ‘My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 28.

‘Although she went on to work on cruises and go around the world, the cancer came back twice.

‘The second time, she knew it wasn’t going away.’

Fay was supported by the hospice, where she died.

‘Because you never deal with these things, you don’t know what to do,’ added Fiona.

‘This is where The Rowans really help. Everyone is so supportive, and this is our way of giving something back.’

This year’s event takes place on Sunday, September 15.

The cycle challenge will offer participants the choice of three different-length bike rides around the Portsmouth area, ranging from 18 to 65 miles.

Last year 456 people took part, and raised more than £63,500.

Ruth White, chief executive of the hospice, said: ‘It was so successful last year that we wanted to put it on again this year. We do something for walkers, and now we’re including cyclists, so I encourage people to sign up.

This year’s event is being sponsored by bike company Wiggle, which is in North Harbour, Portsmouth.

It costs £20 to register for cyclists aged 16 and over, and £10 for children aged between five and 15.

Under-fives on guardian’s bike are free.

To register, or to find out more, call (023) 9223 7142, or visit rowanshospice.co.uk.

WHETHER you’re a beginner or a pro, there are three routes to choose from on the Ruby Ride.

The fundraiser takes place on September 15, and all routes will start and finish at Lakeside, North Harbour:

Leisure (18 miles) – cyclists loop around Portsea island, using cycle paths and cycle lanes on the road.

Challenge (30 miles) – along Portsdown Hill, riding past the hospice and back to Lakeside via Portchester.

Epic (65 miles) – same as the Challenge route, but going through Petersfield, the Meon Valley, Wickham, and Portchester.

Cyclists get a medal on completion.