Three generations taking part in charity bikeathon

3 generations lined up today, in preperation to the 2011 Bikeathon.''Pictured: Philip Wainwgight (84), John Wainwright (51) & Jimmy Medici - Wainwright (12).
3 generations lined up today, in preperation to the 2011 Bikeathon.''Pictured: Philip Wainwgight (84), John Wainwright (51) & Jimmy Medici - Wainwright (12).
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BIKEATHON organisers thought there had been a mistake when they saw an 84-year-old wanted to take part in the 26 mile marathon.

But Brinklow fundraiser Philip Wainwright had filled in the form correctly - and is the oldest person ever to take part in the event.

Three generations of his family are taking on Rugby’s Bikeathon on June 12 to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

They are Philip, his son John, grandson Jimmy, 12, Philip’s daughter Kate, her husband Howard and their daughter Toni.

Philip’s son John, who lives on a narrowboat near Harborough Magna, said: “Kate’s daughter Sally has been battling leukaemia for a long time and although she is in remission she has not fully recovered.

“She will have to take drugs for the rest of her life and still gets bad cramps.”

Philip has been in training for the event and hopes to raise awareness of the disease as well as funds.

“My father keeps fit and cycles every day in training for the Bikeathon,” John added.

“We’re very proud of him and think covering 26 miles will be a good effort for him.

“It doesn’t matter how long it takes us, even if it takes all day.”

The Rugby & Coventry Bikeathon is being held in Rugby or Brandon in Coventry and people can choose to cycle ten, 26 or 50 miles for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Organiser Janet Haynes MBE said: “I couldn’t believe it when I read the entry form and saw an 84-year-old was taking part - I thought the wrong age had been entered!

“It’s absolutely amazing and the fact Philip is doing the 26 miles is brilliant.”

Janet, who lives in Princethorpe, has raised over £1.5 million for charity in 17 years.

She added: “Whether you want to set yourself a personal challenge or are just wanting a fun day out with family and friends, the Rugby & Coventry Bikeathon is the cycling event for everybody.”

For more information on the Bikeathon or to enter the 17th annual Bikeathon & Pig Roast visit beatbloodcancers.org/bikeathon or telephone Janet on 01926 632258.