THE Matron of the A&E department at the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch is cycling 1,500 miles from London to Africa to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
Marc Tarrant sets off this Saturday, April 30, on a route which covers the length of both France and Spain, including a punishing climb through the Pyrenees mountains before catching the ferry from the southern tip of Spain to the finishing point in Tangier, Morocco.
Marc will be completing the epic ride with his friend, Nick White.
Together they will make up two thirds of their fundraising trio, named ‘Three Men and a Tent’ as they complete the challenge completely unsupported with just a tent and their personal kit attached to their bikes for the journey.
The final member of the ‘Three Men’ is Dan Hastie, another healthcare worker from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, who due to family reasons will this time be rowing the equivalent of the pair’s two ferry distances (the English Channel and the Strait of Gibraltar) on his rowing machine from home.
The three men picked Prostate Cancer UK as their charity of choice for this ride after Dan’s father was diagnosed with prostate cancer back in 2016.
In previous years the ‘Three Men and a Tent’ have completed various charity rides from London to Rome, London to Monaco and from Land’s End to John O’Groats, raising tens of thousands of pounds in the process.
However this year’s is their most ambitious so far.
Marc said: “This is our toughest challenge yet, but one which I’m really excited for having not been able to complete a ride like this throughout the pandemic.
“Sadly we won’t have Dan with us this time but he’ll be taking part in his own serious challenge on his rowing machine for Prostate Cancer UK.
“Any support or donations anyone can give, no matter how small, would be very gratefully received.”
People can read more about the ‘Three Men and a Tent’ and their journey from London to Morocco, as well as more about Dan’s father’s prostate cancer story on the team’s website: www.threemenandatent.com
To donate to their Prostate Cancer UK page visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nick-white38