Grantham father and son ride the extra mile for Macmillan charity

Roger and Chirs Graves proudly display their winning medals, alongside their support team Caroline and Laura EMN-160408-092110001

Roger and Chirs Graves proudly display their winning medals, alongside their support team Caroline and Laura EMN-160408-092110001

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Two very exhausted but elated cyclists have raised more than £2,600 for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of a loved one.

Father and son, Roger, 62, and Chris Graves, 24, from Grantham, completed a 100-mile bike ride through London and Surrey as part of this year’s Ride London 2016, in memory of Roger’s late sister, Heather.

With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, the pair who have now completed the course three times, took on this year’s course in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, who helped to care for Heather when she was ill.

“Heather passed away following a very short illness in October of last year,” said Roger. “It was a very hard time, but the support we received from Macmillan, both in the early and latter stages was incredible.”

Both keen cyclists, Roger and Chris joined a total of 26,000 competitors for the event on Sunday, with Roger’s wife, Caroline and daughter, Laura coming along on the day to show their support.

“It was a magical day,” said Roger. “Chris and I made a pact to cross the finish line together - and we did, at a time of five hours and 57 minutes. Our best time yet!”

Last year the boys completed the race in six hours, 25 minutes - so were thrilled with this year’s performance.

From generous donations for the cycle ride and proceeds from a charity meal - a grand total of £2,640 has been raised for Macmillan Cancer Support.

“We’re over the moon with the amount we’ve raised,” said Chris. “We smashed our target of £1,500. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their support and for making the day worthwhile.”

You can still donate at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bigsislittlebrother