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Pete Smith rides again!


This time it’s the big one!   Three years ago, choir bass Pete Smith impressed us all by cycling 280 miles from London to Paris in three days – raising £7,245 for the Royal Marsden Hospital’s cancer charity.

The longest ride - Pete is raising funds for the Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign.

This April Pete plans to go quite a lot further – from Land’s End to John O’Groats, no less.  The distance is 980 miles and he plans to cover it in twelve days – an average 82 miles a day!

Pete is appealing to choir members to sponsor his ride to help the Royal Marsden’s cancer research again.  He and his family are meeting the entire costs of his trip, so all contributions will go directly to the research fund.  He starts his ride on April 30.

Pete pumping it at the Cadence cycle centre, Crystal Palace


Pete has been practising for his ride on static machines at the Cadence cycle centre in Crystal Palace.  He covers epic stages of races such as the Tour de France which appear on a display screen and reaches speeds of 55kph - 33mph. 

Pete remains under the care of the Royal Marsden himself.   As can be seen, he is evidently in rude health, despite being on the hospital’s ‘watch and wait’ list, with four-weekly injections and periodic scans.  “I thought it was about time I took on a fresh challenge,” Pete says.

"Look - I'm going 33 miles an hour!"


A number of choir members have contributed to Pete’s appeal already.  The easiest way to join them is via Pete’s web-page –

Or you can send a cheque, payable to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, or cash, to Peter’s Ride, 6 Howden Road, London SE25 4AS. You can increase your donation by over 20% by including a Gift Aid declaration as follows:

Please treat the enclosed donation to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity as a Gift Aid donation.  I am a UK taxpayer and have paid an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax at least equal to the tax reclaimed on my donations in the relevant tax year.    Name..........Address........Date.........


Up for the big one!  Pete finds the energy to smile during his hour-long static run

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