Bikers cycle more than 50 miles in the fight against rare disease

Gauchers Association London to Cambridge Cycle Riders. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Gauchers Association London to Cambridge Cycle Riders. Picture: Nigel Sutton - Credit: Nigel Sutton

More than 100 cyclists travelled 55 miles from the grounds of University College School (UCS) to Cambridge to raise money for the fight against a rare disease.

Serious and casual cyclists pedalled away from the school’s playing fields in Farm Avenue, Fortune Green, for the fourth Gauchers Association cycle ride on Sunday.

Together they raised some £30,000 towards the work of the charity, which supports sufferers of the inherited enzyme disorder, Gaucher disease a condition that can lead to liver malfunction among other symptoms.

The riders were accompanied by Atul Mehta, haematology professor at the Royal Free Hospital, and were presented with medals by Cambridge professor Timothy Cox upon finishing.

Organiser and participant Jeremy Manuel, one of the founders of the association, described the event as “a great day out” and said this year saw the largest number of cyclists join in.

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The riders made four stops on the journey, where they were met with refreshments, courtesy of Hampstead Garden Suburb cake-shop Sherrards.

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