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Cancer battler takes on charity cycle feat

A 64-year-old man who was diagnosed with prostate cancer has said “on your bike” to the disease as he prepares to cycle 1,300 mile around Ireland in one of Europe’s toughest challenges.

Ian Campbell, from Belfast, is set to compete in Race Around Ireland — an endurance cycle race which he aims to complete in just seven days.

The former cafe owner was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007 and has since undergone radiotherapy and hormone treatment in his battle against the disease. His condition continues to be monitored by doctors with regular blood tests.

Race Around Ireland is part of the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association (UMCA) World Cup series which includes other huge endurance races such as The Race Across America.

Unlike other cycling races such as Tour de France, the course is in not roped off. There are no marshals controlling traffic flow and there are no planned rest stops or stages in this event. Once the clock starts in Navan, it won’t stop until each rider reaches the finish line at the end of the 1,350 mile circuit.

Time stations will be set approximately 40 to 80 miles apart. At each station, the rider must phone the race headquarters to report their location and time. This

information will be posted on the Race Around Ireland website to allow followers to track the cyclists progress.

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Ian said: “When I had the radiotherapy every day for 7 weeks it did knock me for six a bit but, to be honest, at the moment I feel fitter and healthier than ever.”

Ian took up cycling in 2006, a year before his diagnosis. However, even after being told the bad news, he continued to train and participated in an amateur leg of the Tour De France the same year.

Now he plans to raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity, Northern Ireland Hospice and the Ulster Cancer Foundation. To support Ian visit www.justgiving.com/|teamimpossibledream

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