In­trepid cy­clists battle weather to tri­umph in mem­ory of Abe

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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