Wheathampstead cancer survivor cycling 1,000 miles for charity

PUBLISHED: 19:00 28 February 2010 | UPDATED: 14:56 06 May 2010

Peter Cobb

Peter Cobb

A CYCLING enthusiast from Wheathampstead who is recovering from an unusual form of skin cancer will cycle over 1,000 miles for charity. Peter Cobb, 55, of Gustard Wood, was diagnosed with Acral Lentiginous Melanoma – the same form of cancer which Bob Mar

A CYCLING enthusiast from Wheathampstead who is recovering from an unusual form of skin cancer will cycle over 1,000 miles for charity.

Peter Cobb, 55, of Gustard Wood, was diagnosed with Acral Lentiginous Melanoma - the same form of cancer which Bob Marley died of - in summer 2008 and in October of the same year he had to have half a finger amputated to stop the disease from spreading.

In light of the help and support Peter received from Macmillan Cancer Support during those months, Peter and three of his friends have decided to cycle from Lands End to John O'Groats in May to raise money for the charity.

Peter, an architect by profession, said that he was determined to make a difference: "Cycling that epic journey will be a life-changing challenge and I've wanted to do some fundraising for Macmillan for a while now. I'm really excited for it and I hope I manage to raise thousands of pounds."

Peter will be completing the 1,002-mile journey alongside three friends - Dennis Hall, Mark Cooper and Phil Hughes - who have also been through their own cancer journeys. He said that the plan was to cycle 100 miles a day for 10 consecutive days.

He added: "We are all 50-something so we may be a bit creaky to start off but I have every faith in our team. We have managed fine with 100 mile practice runs - let's just hope that we can do ten of them all in one go!"

Peter, who will be met at the finish line in Scotland by his wife Louise and daughter Katherine, is hoping to raise £20,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and to help him reach his target, make an online donation at www.justgiving.com/lejog4cancerresearch


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