Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Cyclist’s ride for old friend who beat bone cancer twice

A MAN from Peppard is to attempt a cycle ride of up to 100 miles for charity

A MAN from Peppard is to attempt a cycle ride of up to 100 miles for charity.

Olly Nicholson, 45, of Blounts Court Road, will ride a 26.2 mile circuit between the crickets clubs in Peppard, Woodcote and Stonor as many times as he can in a day.

He will be raising money for Myeloma UK, a charity that funds research into the rare form of bone cancer from which his friend Jez Mayo suffered.

Mr Mayo, 45, of Wayside Green, Woodcote, and Mr Nicholson first became friends when they played for Stonor Cricket Club 20 years ago.

Mr Nicholson now plays for Peppard and Mr Mayo plays for Woodcote, which both compete in the Berkshire League.

Mr Nicholson is a planning consultant and Mr Mayo is a duty manager for GLL, the company that manages leisure centres for South Oxfordshire District Council. Mr Nicholson will begin his ride at 6.30am on Sunday, March 29 and will have a different cyclist with him on each lap to provide support, including Mr Mayo.

He has been training since November, cycling on every other weekday and twice at weekends. He said: “Given the route, if I can do three or four laps I’d be really happy.”

Mr Mayo, who is married with two children, was first diagnosed in 2003 and underwent successful stem cell treatment.

When the cancer returned in 2009, the treatment was repeated and he has been in remission since then.

He said: “Stem cell treatment works really well for a lot of people but it is also the toughest treatment to deal with.

“It is thanks to people like Olly raising money that Myeloma UK can continue with the research to find new treatments.

“I think it’s amazing what he is doing but he is just that kind of person.

“He is always thinking of other people and he is very driven. My family think it’s amazing. My health is really good at the moment so I am hoping to do a lap with Olly.

“I enjoy cycling but I do not think I will be able to keep up with him.”

Mr Nicholson said: “It means a lot to me. When Jez was first diagnosed, he was still playing cricket and continued playing through the initial stages of his treatment and he still plays many year later.

“The first person who donated was someone whom Jez had lost touch with as a child.

“It’s great that we can bring two people back together through my fund-raising.”

He has already raised £700. To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/myelomarathon2015

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