Cyclists to cover 1,000 miles in memory of a community GP

Former rugby player Jason Georgiou and friends
Former rugby player Jason Georgiou and friends

FUNDRAISERS set off on a 1,000 mile cycle marathon in May in memory of a GP.

Dr Roger Brown died of cancer late last year aged just 53 after a short illness.

He had worked for 23 years at the Northolme Practice, Halifax, and was well known for his fitness and charity work.

Dr Brown was also club doctor at Bradford Bulls RLFC and before that Halifax RLFC.

He was a close friend of former Halifax RUFC player Jason Georgiou, 48, and they had run the New York Marathon together.

They were planning to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats for Jason’s 50th birthday in 2013.

Jason has now brought that challenge forward and will be joined by family and friends of Dr Brown including his son, Rhys Brown, step-son Ben Manning, Andy Brander, Amie Brooks, and John Kaye. Susan Brown and Michael Kingsley will also be cycling the distance at a Halifax gym.

Jason said he was a novice cyclist and would be putting his faith in John Kaye who is the experienced cyclist among the group.

“We hope to cycle the 1,000 miles over 10 days and will probably cycle about eight hours each day,” said Jason.

“It will be very hard, but, it’s a challenge and we have to get on with it.”

He said the sudden loss of Dr Brown affected many and he hoped the community would rally round the cause.

“It was a big shock and very sad indeed. He did a lot of fundraising and we will be raising money for Yorkshire Cancer Research which was one of Roger’s favourite charities.”

The team hope to raise around £10,000 in total.