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Man from King's Lynn to cycle 500 miles and 500 more to raise money for charity

A 1,000-mile cycle around England to raise money for two worthy causes is the aim of a Lynn man on a mission.

Adrian Goodswen, 46, is raising money for Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support by racing around England in a 13-day cycle challenge.

Aiming to raise a minimum of £500 to donate to each cause, Mr Goodswen is peddling in his father's memory. He died of cancer 10 years ago.

Charity Cyclist Ready for the off, Adrian Goodswen at King's Lynn Red Mount in the Walks (2231864)
Charity Cyclist Ready for the off, Adrian Goodswen at King's Lynn Red Mount in the Walks (2231864)

He said: "This year marks the 10th anniversary since my father's death. I have been wanting to raise money for Macmillan because of the wonderful support they gave my father and mother. I also wanted to raise money for Cancer Research.

"I was discussing my cycle with my friend, Bob, and it was him who suggested riding to the Isle of Wight.

"Since talking to him, my cycle went from a 500-mile ride to a 1,000-mile ride. I am going from Lynn, to Norwich, down to London, then to the Isle of Wight, up to Amesbury, then round to Lincoln and back to Lynn."

Mr Goodswen, who is setting off on his charity cycle on Friday, is going to document his travels on his blog as well as on social media, using the hashtag #CogsVersusCancer.

"Aside from reporting on my progress, I will most likely be reminiscing about my dad from time to time as well as posting a liberal sprinkling of photos, of course," said Mr Goodswen.

"I'm already planning to call in on various relatives, close and distant. I have also thrown open an invite to my friends via Facebook who may wish to join me on their own bikes for part of my journey."

To support Mr Goodswen and donate to either Cancer Research UK or Macmillan Cancer Support, visit his JustGiving pages via justgiving.com/fundraising/Cogs-Versus-Cancer and justgiving.com/fundraising/Cogs-Versus-Cancer-Part-2.

Alternately to keep up-to-date with his process, visit his blog via www.cogsversuscancer.wordpress.com or follow him on social media by searching #CogsVersusCancer.

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