34-year-old Craig Burrows from Cowbridge (pictured below) is attempting a potentially record breaking 180 mile bike ride from South to North Wales in memory of his wife’s uncle, Philip Francis, in an attempt to raise money for the Singleton Hospital based team researching and treating the disease that killed him.
On August 28th Craig, who teaches at Whitmore High School in Barry, plans to cycle from Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan to Talacre, Flintshire.
He said, “Phil, or Fatty Francis as he was known to me, sadly lost his two year battle with bowel cancer earlier this year.
“He had a big personality, and was a larger than life presence. I wanted to do a challenge that would reflect this. I have always been fit and active but have never taken on a challenge of this magnitude before, this will be the longest I have cycled.”
Craig aims to set a new record for the fastest person to cycle from South to North Wales on a bicycle, with a target time of 12 hours. The current record, set in 2019, is 13 hours 24 minutes.
Above; the route Craig’s cycle ride will take.
Craig has decided to raise money for the GI Research Fund, one of Swansea Bay Health Charity’s charitable funds, which specialise in the research and treatment of bowel cancer.
There are over 42,000 new cases of bowel cancer every day in the UK and is the 4th most common cancer, after breast cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer.
Dr Dean Harris, who treated Craig’s Uncle Phil, says, “The GI Research Fund was set up by the colorectal unit in Swansea to support high quality research into colorectal cancer.
“Our current research involves developing a new blood test to detect colorectal cancer at the earliest possible stages. This could help GPs detect cancer earlier to improve outcomes.”
“The money raised by Craig will help us to understand how the test detects the cancer signals better, and make the test available to the NHS earlier.”
You can sponsor Craig using his JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cbuzz