TWO PENSIONERS from Newport will take on a mammoth cycling challenge to support brain tumour research.
Alan Francis and Dale Thomas, both 61, are set to cycle nearly 1,000 miles from John O’Groats to Lands’ End.
The pair have been friends since attending Durham Road Infants School in 1963, and have so far raised more than £4,300 for the Ollie Young Foundation.
Mr Thomas, who recently retired from the software industry, now lives in Wokingham. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year and was given the all-clear later in 2020.
Having run several ultra-marathons previously, he then suggested the challenge to Mr Francis – a former firefighter – and they have been training for it since February.
“I do a little bit of cycling while Dale does more running,” said Mr Francis. “Since his cancer treatment last year, he’s been told not to run as much so he wanted to cycle. So he contacted me about it.
“I started training in earnest in about February. We’re doing about 100 miles a week now.
“The longest I have done is…