Brothers’ gruelling challenge to raise funds for cancer charity

Sam and Tom Lynas

Sam and Tom Lynas

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Two brothers are taking on a challenge of epic proportions next month to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Sam and Tom Lynas are spending 10 days at the end of April climbing the three highest peaks in the United Kingdom - Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England, and Snowdon in Wales.

People who are diagnosed with serious illnesses like mum’s cancer have no choice but to get on with it so we wanted to undertake a sufficiently difficult and gruelling challenge

Sam Lynas

They will be cycling between them before running the Virgin Money London Marathon (VMLM) on Sunday, April 26.

In total, the pair will cycle more than 700 miles, climb 9,800 feet (3,000m) and run 26.2 miles.

The two brothers, who went to Hillcrest School in Rye Road (now The Hastings Academy), are hoping to raise £20,000 for Cancer Research UK (the VMLM’s official charity partner) following the diagnosis and successful treatment of their mother’s ovarian cancer in 2014.

Tom, 24, said: “When our amazing mum told us about her illness, along with the sadness and anger, our most overwhelming feeling was helplessness.

“With pride and determination we watched her face up to the many challenges of her treatment and shared her relief when we were told the treatment had been successful.

“We decided then to convert our feelings of helplessness into action, to try and help others by supporting Cancer Research UK in its mission to prevent, control and cure cancers like the ovarian cancer that affected our mum.”

Sam, 27, said: “People who are diagnosed with serious illnesses like mum’s cancer have no choice but to get on with it so we wanted to undertake a sufficiently difficult and gruelling challenge to both reflect and celebrate our mum’s incredible strength and determination.

“Somebody told me that the total distance we are attempting is the equivalent of cycling from Hastings to John O’Groats in Scotland which is slightly scary.

“To our knowledge, this has never been done before in the time and this may be for good reason.”

Helen Jackson, Cancer Research UK’s head of sports, said: “It’s thanks to the support of people like Sam and Tom that Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists are able to go on making progress in the fight against cancer.

“There is still time for anyone who already has a place in the Virgin Money London Marathon to join our fantastic team of runners.

“Or, if you are inspired by their experience, why not try one of our other runs - you don’t need to do 26 miles to help beat cancer sooner.

“Every hour around five people in the south east are diagnosed with cancer.

“Everyone who pulls on their trainers for Cancer Research UK will know every step they take brings us a step closer to winning the race against the disease.”

As part of their training, Sam and Tom will be cycling from their homes in London to Hastings on Saturday, March 21 before running the Hastings Half Marathon the next day on Sunday, March 22.

To find out more about the challenge or to donate, log onto the website www.bikehikerun.uk.

Donations of £5 can also be made by texting: BHRN55 £5 to 70070.