Intrepid cyclists battle weather to triumph in memory of Abe
A TRIO of radiographers have completed their charity cycle from London to Paris – with a little help from their MP.
Michael Calamanan, 44, Paul Fenton, 40, and Marc Branson, 35, who all work at Macclesfield Hospital, took on the challenge to raise money in memory of their colleague’s son, who died from cancer aged 21.
Abe Vincent, from the Ivy Farm estate, lost his battle with the disease earlier this year.
The team who work with Abe’s mum Julie, a sonographer at the hospital, came up with the idea of the challenge to pay tribute to Abe and raise money for The Bone Cancer Trust.
They were given a kick start by Macclesfield MP David Rutley, who provided the team with a parking spot at Westminster before they set off on their trek.
Paul, from Stockport, said: “A VIP departure from the Palace of Westminster, arranged by Macclesfield MP David Rutley, provided an amazing backdrop to the start – and gave the support crew the most exclusive parking spot in London.
“The first stage of the trip was blessed with good weather and the team made rapid progress, passing over the South Downs en route.
“The weather changed for the worse and rain began to fall almost uninterrupted for nearly 12 hours. Soon afterwards the weather conditions deteriorated further as the rain became heavier and the winds blew even stronger.
“Despite the atrocious conditions the group made its way through some hilly countryside for several hours before descending towards the River Seine and the final run into Paris.
“After making our way through a series of vast parklands, the surroundings became much more urban and the cyclists got their first taste of the anarchic Parisian road traffic.
“Although we were cold, wet and tired the team safely navigated through the streets of Paris and finally arrived at the Eiffel Tower after a total of nearly 19 hours in the saddle.”
The team – which included supporters Peter Holden, Julie Robinson and Linda Connolly – have so far raised nearly £2,000 and are hope to reach their target of £5,000 with more events.
Donations can be made via the Just Giving website for the challenge at www. justgiving.com/xray.
●● From left: Paul Fenton, support driver Peter Holden, Mike Calamanan, support driver Julie Robinson and Marc Branson in Paris with a photo of Abe