Maria will ride, run and swim to support her husband's struggle with cancer
5 Jul 2018, 2:20 p.m.
Maria, 37, lives in Faversham and she recently decided to take on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 challenge in support of her husband Jason, who is fighting Hodgkin Lymphoma.
“My heart sank when the doctor said he has cancer. Jason is everything to me and he's been through so much since he was diagnosed in April 2017.
“He had six months of AVBD chemotherapy last summer, which sadly did not work. Then he had three weeks of radiotherapy in March and we will find out in July whether that has worked.
“It's not been easy and despite everything that Jason is going through, he has remained strong. Jason is one of the most determined people that I know and I’m sure he's going to beat this. As we said in our wedding vows in November 2016, I'll be by his side in sickness and in health.”
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is Maria’s first ever cycling event. When she signed up, she hadn’t ridden a bike in around ten years and she had never cycled more than ten miles in one go.
However Maria likes a challenge and has run five London Marathons. So when she heard about the London Classics, Maria decided to set herself the goal of completing all three events sequentially to fundraise for Macmillan and earn herself a London Classics medal, starting with Prudential RideLondon this July.
“This is going to be a really big challenge for me, but doing it in Jason's honour and for Macmillan will give me the strength that I need to complete it. I’ve only been training for the ride since May, after I took a little rest after having run the Virgin Money London Marathon, but already I'm getting stronger and a little bit faster.
“On 29 July, Jason will be there cheering me on from one of the Macmillan cheer points. My parent's and a group of my friends will be travelling to London from all over the country to be out on the course offering me support.
“I'm looking forward to feeling proud of riding 100 miles and having raised money for a charity. That means so much to me. But most of all I’m looking forward to seeing my husband at the finish line and getting a big hug from him.
“I've not swam for about seven years and so after the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and next year’s Virgin Money London Marathon, then I will need to do a lot of training to complete the two-mile Swim Serpentine in September 2019.”