300-mile cycle in memory of dad

Ron Latham
Ron Latham

A HEMSWORTH man has raised £14,000 for cycling from London to Paris for his dad, who died of lung cancer.

Mike Latham, 42, of Moorfield Crescent, endured the 300-mile gruelling ride in memory of his dad, Ron Latham, who died in 2008.

Mr Latham said: “I had always wanted to do something in my dad’s memory so it was perfect when this opportunity came up.”

The ride started at London Bridge and ended at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

He had one month to train for the epic cycle and had to endure vigorous training. It took him three days to complete the challenge. He is donating the cash to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

Mr Latham, who works in Manchester, said: “I was having to ride 100 miles a day and each day at around 75 miles my body just wanted to stop.

“But I had to remember why I was doing it and no matter how much pain I was in, it was not as painful as having lung cancer.”

The cycle took place in 2010 but he has been fundraising ever since and has finally reached his target of £14,000.

Mr Latham said it was great to have raised so much money and thanked everyone for their help and support, in particular, the West End Working Men’s Club in Hemsworth – where he and his dad were members.

His mum, Phyllis Latham, 61, of Moorfield Crescent, said: “I am just so proud of him, and know his dad would have been too. Every penny helps.”