Rugby man to defy pain in honour of mum-in-law

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A Rugby man will be fighting the pain as he rides 80 miles this weekend to raise money in memory of his mother-in-law.

Paul Wallace and his brother Richard will be taking part in The Myton Hospices Cycle Challenge on Sunday in memory of Paul’s mother-in-law, Jane Cunningham.

Jane, who also lived in Rugby, was admitted to Warwick Myton Hospice for inpatient care and died in August 2011.

Paul said: “Myton is an amazing place and it is not until you experience it first-hand that you appreciate what happens. We were there as a family every day in and out with the dog and staying overnight and they were fantastic. Jane knew we were fundraising for Myton and was always very proud of what we were doing.”

The ride will be perfect training for Paul, who has signed up to cycle 320 miles from London to Paris for Myton next month. Earlier this year the 33-year-old also completed a 170-mile coast-to-coast ride in just 15 hours to raise money for the charity.

But cycling is going to be more challenging than ever for 36-year-old Richard, who suffers from serious back pain.

He said: “I have had some major back issues this year and it was touch and go whether I would be able to take part. The distance would be hard enough on a good day and it will be even more of a challenge this year. I just hope it isn’t too painful!”

Riders can choose to cycle 45, 60 or 80 miles and all routes start and end at the charity’s Warwick hospice. Registration costs between £15 and £25.

To sign up for the event, which is sponsored by Western Power Distribution, visit www.mytonhospice.org or call Beth Nicholson on (01926) 838827.

To sponsor the brothers visit www.mytonhospice.org/fundraising/your_fundraising_pages and search for Rich Wallace.