Best friends take on bike challenge for parents

Humphrey Taylor and Alex Doherty
Humphrey Taylor and Alex Doherty

Two best friends are cycling from Hebden Bridge to France to raise money for cancer, after loosing a mother and father to the disease.

Alex Doherty and Humphrey Taylor, both 32, are taking part in a self-devised Pennines to Pyrenees challenge to raise money for Macmillan, Oracle Cancer Trust and Ochre.

Janice McGroarty

Janice McGroarty

The 1200 mile trek will start on May 25 and is expected to take ten days.

The pair have both lost close family members to cancer within weeks of each other.

Alex lost his mother Janice McGroarty, 61, of Hebden Bridge and Humphrey lost his father John Taylor, 70, of Hampshire last year.

Alex said: “We wanted to cycle from Hebden Bridge because it is my hometown and it is where Humphrey spent time with his dad.

“In our view it is about having a fun thing to do and it gives us a bit of time to reflect on our parents.”

The route of the trek will see the pair spend the first few days battling hills as they travel from Hebden Bridge down to Portsmouth, through the Peak District, the Cotswolds and the New Forest.

From there, they will spend seven days cycling the length of France, where they will finish in Mézerzille where Humphrey’s parents lived.

Alex and Humphrey aim to raise £13,000 and have already raised over £10,700.

They will be holding a fundraising event onMay 24 at Nelson’s Wine Bar.

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