Inspirational cancer survivor brings cycling fundraiser to Rugby

James Golding
James Golding

An inspirational Rugby man who battled cancer against the odds has brought a fundraising event to the town.

James Golding was diagnosed with cancer in November 2008 and was given just a five per cent chance of survival by February 2009.

The 35-year-old’s weight dropped from 14 stones to six stones and he endured chemotherapy, radiotherapy and countless operations. He then triumphed over the disease for a second time when it returned in 2010.

The father of two has helped raise £2.5 million for good causes through sporting challenges, including riding across America, where he was hit by a truck.

And now James has brought the first Ride for a Reason event to his home town in a bid to raise even more money for charity.

James said: “I had a very low chance of survival and I was in a coma for a long time, so I had to teach myself to walk and relearn things.

“Riding is like therapy for me and it gives me a sense of freedom. I suppose it has been a way of rehabilitating myself and it has become my life.

“I’m proud to bring this event to my home town and I hope it will encourage people to visit Rugby and raise money for charity at the same time.”

Organisers Always Aim High Events expect entries to flood in for the event which takes place on Sunday, April 10.

The event, which will raise money for Cancer Research UK, consists of four routes, all achievable and challenging for cyclists of every ability. The routes are:

- Grand (100 miles)

- Moyen (68 miles)

- Petit (41 miles)

- Debutant (13 miles)

Always Aim High Events director, Tim Lloyd, said: “We are really proud to be putting on an event that will give something back to a fantastic charity.”

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