Casual cyclist and dad to 3 year old Annecy, Richard Williamson is taking on the London Paris Ride after his wife Sarah was diagnosed with myeloma last year.

Richard Williamson’s wife Sarah was diagnosed early last year with myeloma, “We really felt like the rug was pulled from under our feet when Sarah was diagnosed. Life does get turned upside down as you try to come to terms with what’s happening and what it means. Thankfully we’ve had great support from family and friends which we couldn’t have managed without.”

Sarah was confirmed to be in remission in February this year, “Throughout treatment Sarah has gone from strength to strength and has been simply inspirational. Although the results have been fantastic, we know this is not the end of the story. Myeloma still doesn’t have a cure and although huge progress is being made with new treatments, work needs to be done to make myeloma history.

“Myeloma UK is at the forefront of this endeavour so I’m giving my support to help them keep making progress.”

Richard chose to take on the London Paris ride thanks to a love of cycling, “I saw the opportunity to really challenge myself and at the same time support a very important cause. It really sparked my interest.

“I’ve been cycling casually for a couple of years and have done a handful of sportives. My friend encouraged me to buy his dad’s old bike which became an incentive to lose a few pounds. I’ve not looked back since and try to get out for a ride a couple of times a week now. I’ve been aiming to increase the distance I cycle per week and to go a bit faster every time.”

Richard is expecting an amazing atmosphere on the starting line, “I can’t wait to meet the other people taking part. I think there’ll be a few nerves at the start, but once the wheels start rolling I bet they’ll be quickly forgotten and the excitement will carry us all through. If I start flagging I think the great cause and the camaraderie will be enough to keep my legs going.”

You can join Richard on the ride by registering or you can support Richard by donating on his JustGiving page.

If I start flagging I think the great cause and the camaraderie will be enough to keep my legs going.” Richard Williamson

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