Login to Pancreatic Cancer UK

London to Berlin cycle

Posted by: Fundraising 3 August 2012

Woodcock family take on their own 'Olympic challenge'

Woodcock Family

On 6th August the Woodcock family from Middlesex will embark on a week long Olympic challenge. They will cycle from the home of the games in Stratford, East London to the Olympic stadium in Berlin, where the event was held in 1936.

Jonathan Woodcock and his two children, Natasha and David will be riding the route supported by wife and mum Annie, who will drive the support vehicle. The family are raising much needed funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of Annie's mother and Natasha and David's grandmother, who sadly died of the disease.

The Woodcock family will cycle 70 miles to Harwich, Essex from Stratford where they take the ferry to Esbjerg, Denmark. They will then cycle to Hamburg, Germany along the Elbe river, before reaching their final destination of Berlin on 12th August.

The original motivation and inspiration behind this trip was to commemorate Jonathan's father who cycled the same route to the 1936 games in Berlin, to see the brother of his Danish best friend compete there:

Woodcock Family 2

Jonathan explains, "My father cycled the same distance, carrying a tent and with a pipe in his mouth 76 years ago. The friend he went to see would later become part of the Danish resistance whilst my father went onto Europe as part of the D Day invasion.

"The decision to support Pancreatic Cancer UK is very much a personal one. My wife lost her mother to pancreatic cancer and from diagnosis to her passing was very short without the opportunity for her or her family to prepare. It is therefore a cause for which we feel considerably."

If you would like to support the Woodcock family, then you can donate via Virgin Money Giving.

Interested in organising your own event? Help us raise much needed funds and head to our fundraising pages now!