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Toby’s 1,000-mile cycle challenge

Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:50:04


Blackwell resident Toby Gosnall is preparing for a major cycle challenge to raise money for cancer charity Myeloma UK.

Accompanied by his cousin, Tom, he plans to ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats at the end of May, covering almost 1,000 miles over eight days and aiming to raise £5,000.

Toby himself was diagnosed with myeloma, a type of blood cancer, three years ago. The disease is incurable, but treatment can keep it under control, relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.

“My health is currently good and I hope that I will be able to undertake this challenge and see some of our great country while I still can,” explains Toby, who says he is not much of a cyclist – although he rode from London to Paris for charity last year.

“I used to be a runner but I can’t really do it any more, as impact sports are not great for myeloma due to the bone damage – and I’ve also worn my ankle out!

“Although I cycled a bit as a triathlete after retiring from running, I really started cycling in order to keep sane after my stem cell transplant in January 2016.”

Myeloma has one of the highest rates of delay in diagnosis and one of the worst survival rates among all cancers.

As well as funds, Toby hopes to raise awareness of the condition, for which there are no specific symptoms until it is quite advanced.

“Typically the age of diagnosis is in the 60s and 70s,” adds Toby, now aged 46. “I was lucky to have it detected very early through a fluke – which has given me a bit more time.“

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