Cyclist’s UK ride for friends’ son

James Jones, cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise cash in memory of Joshua Rose. Picture: Malcolm Billingham D0277MB

James Jones, cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise cash in memory of Joshua Rose. Picture: Malcolm Billingham D0277MB

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A KIND-HEARTED cyclist will bike the length of the UK in memory of a friend’s son who died from cancer aged 17 months.

James Jones wanted to take on the epic ‘End2End’ challenge of riding from Lands End to John O’Groats covering the 1,000-mile trek in just nine days.

Josh Rose - James Jones is cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise cash in his memory.

Josh Rose - James Jones is cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise cash in his memory.

The Bawtry biker’s trek is in honour of little Joshua Rose, son of his friends Sam and Shaun Rose, who suffered from an aggressive form of cancer and tragically lost his battle at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in June.

“I always break my New Year’s resolutions and decided that this year not only was I going to keep it, I was going to set myself an amazing challenge,” said James, 25, of Bawtry Road, Bessacarr.

“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and was waiting for inspiration, then in early January I saw an advert in a cycling magazine for UK End2End and straight away I knew that was what I’d been looking for.”

James, a member of the Doncaster Wheelers club, is bravely getting back on his bike following a nasty fall when he accidentally clipped another rider during a cycling session - leaving him in hospital.

James’ injuries meant he could not bend his knee for around six weeks and was unable to cycle for three months.

The marketing director of Robinsons of Bawtry, who is raising money for both Bluebell Wood and Action Medical Research, said: “I’m now back in the saddle and fully fit, however I now give the rider in front a little more room.”

“Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice looked after Joshua, Sammy and Shaun during Joshua’s final days. Both Sam and Shaun commented on how brilliant the staff and facilities were.”

James sets off on May 26. He has raised around £1,400 of his £5,000 target in memory of Joshua of Barnsley. He wants friends to chip in just £2 each to help. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/jj-end-2-end