Doctor’s tour de France: Jez on 300-mile bike ride for kids’ charity

Blazing saddles: Cycling fan Dr Jez McCole is hoping pedal power will see him from London to Paris for charity Action Medical Research.

Blazing saddles: Cycling fan Dr Jez McCole is hoping pedal power will see him from London to Paris for charity Action Medical Research.

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A DOCTOR is saddling up for a charity challenge which will see him cycle 300 miles from London to Paris.

Dr Jez McCole, from Gleadless Medical Centre, is taking on the epic adventure in aid of children’s charity Action Medical Research.

The 35-year-old has already tackled a 100-mile ride across the Peak District, and 250 miles from the east to the west coast of England, but this will be his toughest challenge yet.

His charity stunts come after he decided to swap his car for a bike five years ago - opting for a greener way to visit his patients at home.

They have now got used to the sight of their cycling GP, who thinks nothing of clocking up 100 miles a week commuting and visiting.

Jez, who has diabetes, has also found biking has improved his health and fitness.

He said: “It’s hard work training but I love cycling and I am really looking forward to this four-day challenge.

“I’m well prepared, but will need to stop regularly on route to check my blood sugar levels. I am taking advice from colleagues in the diabetic team and will be taking on board healthy snacks and energy drinks to keep those levels up.”

Jez, a partner at the medical centre which is part of Central Sheffield GP Consortium, is hoping to raise as much as £2,000 from the challenge which will go into research to improve the health of babies and children.

He added: “Action Medical Research is a fantastic charity dedicated to improving the health of babies and children here in the UK.

“It’s not well known but for almost 60 years it has been behind numerous breakthroughs such as the UK polio vaccine, ultrasound scanning in pregnancy, and the fetal heart rate monitor.”

The ride starts on July 20 at the O2 arena in London, continues through the Kent countryside before crossing the Channel, travelling through rural villages in Northern France and finally arriving under the Eiffel Tower in Paris the day before the Tour de France rolls in.

Visit www.action.org.uk/sponsor/jezmccole2 to sponsor him. Jez is also holding a race night at The Sportsman, Lodge Moor tonight at 7.30pm. Admission is £5, including pie and pea supper.

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