Retired adventurer cycles 1,000 miles in brother’s memory

After trekking the Andes, running the London Marathon and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro twice, 61-year-old Phil Cragg took on his latest challenge by cycling over 1,000 miles in memory of his brother.

Phil has taken on all these challenges since retiring from his job as a lawyer, with the latest one seeing him cycle 1,040 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats in 14 days last month.

Phil undertook the challenge in memory of his brother Richard, who died of bladder cancer in 2017, and he raised an impressive £4,117 for the charity Macmillan Cancer Support.

Phil said: “Macmillan Cancer Support was my brother’s chosen charity. They do such valuable work supporting people and their families during difficult times.

“This challenge was one of the hardest I have ever done but also one the most rewarding. Just don’t ask me to get on a bike again for a while!”

Phil Cragg, who raised over £4,000, with Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support Tanya Taylor.

Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support Tanya Taylor added: “I just want to say a huge thank you to Phil for taking on this epic challenge. The monies raised, a staggering £4,117, will certainly help to make a difference to people affected by cancer in Lincolnshire.

“Nearly one in two of us will receive a cancer diagnosis at some point in our lives, the need to raise even more funds has never been greater and we simply wouldn’t be able to provide the medical, practical, financial and emotional support to people at a time when they need it most without the help of Phil. So once again thank you so so much!”

Anyone with questions about cancer can contact the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 00 00 between Monday to Friday from 9am-8pm or by clicking here.