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Kevin Gent from Derbyshire and a group of more than 30 friends are planning to take on the ‘challenge of the year’ by riding from Land’s End to John O’Groats – the entire length of the country – in just one day. The ride is set to raise thousands for Cancer Research UK and the Nottingham City Hospital.

Kevin, who works for the East Midlands Ambulance Service at King’s Mill Hospital, was diagnosed with thymic cancer in 2005. After a series of scans and tests, Kevin underwent 19 weeks of chemotherapy and it soon took its toll. This was followed by a further 5 weeks of radiotherapy, placing an enormous strain on his family.

“It seemed to burn my very soul” said Kevin. “The cancer took away my right lung so that has stopped me running marathons, something I was very passionate about before my illness. After running, my next passion is motorcycling so I am really looking forward to this challenge - I think it will inspire me do even greater things.”

The ride takes place on Saturday 26th July 2008 and has been titled Heaven Can Wait. When complete, it will set a new record with the Iron Butt Association as the largest group of riders to complete the journey in 24 hours.

Sponsorship co-ordinator, John Devlin, commented that the level of interest was growing daily. “We’re delighted by the reaction we’ve received so far, including one single donation of £1000 by Arval Fleet Management. Sawbridgeworth BMW dealership has also donated the use of two R1200GS Adventure motorbikes – this will form part of an auction evening which will raise further funds.”

Collection goblets are being placed in several Subway outlets, backed by posters advertising the website -

Specialist communications company Autocom have also stepped in to ensure that riders can keep in touch with the support vehicles on the journey by supplying their latest bike-to-bike systems and they too have offered further items for the auction.

The group are still looking for more help and inspiration though and would love to hear from potential sponsors or anyone who might be able to raise awareness or generate further donations.

“I suspect there are many people reading this who have some great ideas they would love to share” added John. “We can’t take many more people with us due to the logistics of refuelling, break stops and accommodation issues, but we are still open to suggestion, especially if someone feels they can generate a substantial level of donation themselves!”

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Notes for editors:

For more information contact:

John Devlin
Mobile: 07886 826878

Iron Butt Association website:

Cancer Research UK
Contact name: Myles Godfrey
Mobile: 07714 658996

About Cancer Research UK

• Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to beat cancer.

• Cancer Research UK carries out world-class research to improve understanding of the disease and find out how to prevent, diagnose and treat different kinds of cancer.

• Cancer Research UK ensures that its findings are used to improve the lives of all cancer patients.

• Cancer Research UK helps people to understand cancer, the progress that is being made and the choices each person can make.

• Cancer Research UK works in partnership with others to achieve the greatest impact in the global fight against cancer.

For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 08701 602040 or visit

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