WHEN Ron Meatcher was given the devastating news that he had prostate cancer he was shocked.
But now in remission, the 68-year-old will cycle a 930-mile route from John O’Groats to Land’s End in a bid to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Ron, of Belvoir Close in Fareham, will take on the challenge with three friends, Jamie Atrill, John Davies, and Charlie Bennett who between them will also raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Alzheimer’s Society.
Ron said: ‘I thought with the fantastic treatment I have had at Queen Alexandra Hospital with all the nurses, I just want to give something back via Cancer Research UK.
‘It’s a massive shock when you are told you have got cancer.
‘But they were brilliant at QA – I can’t say a word against them.’
Ron has been training for the bike ride over the past few months. This is the second time he will attempt to cycle the length of the UK after he completed the trip back in 2009.
‘It will be more difficult this time because the treatment I have had seems to knock the system for six for quite a while,’ he said.
‘It’s about getting my fitness levels up as well. I have been training since the beginning of February.
‘We’re looking forward to it although I don’t think they realise what some of the inclines are like that we have to go up.
‘Not only is it a good ride to raise money for the different charities but the scenery is so amazing. You are cycling along in awe of the scenery most of the time.’
The group will mainly stay at campsites throughout their trip although they have got a few hotels booked up, and they plan to stay with a family of one of the riders in Edinburgh.
And Ron has got even more reason to take part in the bike ride after he lost a friend to cancer.
Austin Latham died last year at the age of 67 after battling a brain tumour.
He took part in the last bike ride alongside Ron.
‘It will make me more determined as I lost my good friend,’ Ron added.
‘He was such a good friend and he went through such bad times himself.’
The bike ride will begin in John O’Groats on June 23. A group of friends and family will meet the group at the finish line. To sponsor Ron, visit justgiving.com/Ron-Meatcher