Chester cancer survivor Nathalie will be taking part in a 300km bike fundraiser for the hospice this weekend


It has been 10 years since Nathalie Rees, from Hoole, had breast cancer, and to make this year special, she is organizing three fundraisers in aid of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Backford.

Nathalie has already completed the first of three challenges, a 100-mile Viking race in Kent on May 21-22, while the second is much closer to home.

The second challenge will be a 300km cycle ride, consisting of 12 loops along the Chester Millennium Greenway and the River Dee Wales Coast Path between Chester city center and the John Summers Steelworks in Shotton, Flintshire.

Nathalie explained: “I wanted to make this year special and do more ‘crazy’ stuff that I love, running and cycling.

“Why 300 km (186.4 miles)? I was going to do London-Paris in one day with an organization, but I decided that the registration fees and additional costs were high, so I decided to organize a ride to Chester over the same distance and involve friends.

“I will be raising much needed funds for the local Hospice du Bon Pasteur.”

Nathalie will start her challenge at Bren Bikes at 6am on Saturday June 25, cycling from there to the Greenway/River Dee loop – direction depending on the wind that day.

The fundraiser hopes to complete his challenge by nightfall and will be joined along the way by 17 friends, many from his running club, the Chester Road Runners. Her husband David will also show his support.

A gazebo will be based next to Bren Bikes, just off Greenway in Newton (New Scene, Limewood Close, CH2 2HD), and people are welcome to donate to the hospice bucket that day, with cakes and sweets available for those passing by.

After completing this challenge, Nathalie – who has completed over 100 marathons – will take part in the London Marathon in October this year to complete her trilogy of challenges.

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