Vietnamese cycle challenge for cancer research

Liam Jackson
Liam Jackson
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Liam Jackson has battled extreme heat and tough mountainous conditions to complete a 1,098 mile charity cycle ride in Vietnam.

The former Caistor Grammar School pupil - and friend Jamie Laing from Manchester - cycled from Hanoi to Ho Chi Min City and managed to raise an incredible £9,000 for Cancer Research UK.

The pair even completed the epic challenge a day early by cycling 122 miles on their last day, to finish in just ten days.

Liam, 23, from Claxby said: “It was tough – harder than we imagined.

“There were a few hard miles around the middle where it was quite mountainous and where the temperature was 33 degrees, which is not ideal cycling conditions.

“But we ploughed on and it got better.

“We both worked as a team to get through it, we both carried each other through bad patches.”

Liam thanked everyone who made a donation. “We’d have definitely given up if we didn’t have that support,” he said.

Liam and Jamie’s fundraising was given a massive boost by The Pho Vietnamese restaurant in London, which donated 50p for every bowl of national dish ‘Pho’ served while the pair were cycling.

The restaurant served more than 10,000 bowls and donated £5,047.

Liam said: “We got in contact with the restaurant.

“We had eaten there previously and decided to give them a go. We were in discussions for months.”