In hindsight we all would have bet on Leicester at 5,000 to 1, so would we bet on odds of 21,000 to 1 – probably not.
However those odds came up for James, Alistair and Holly, my nephews and niece...... but not for good.
In the UK around 3000 new cases of neuroendocrine cancer, or NETs (neuroendocrine tumours), are diagnosed every year - giving odds of a diagnosis at about 21,000 to 1. For two non-same-sex siblings to be diagnosed with NETs the odds are closer to 45,000,000:1, but for three siblings the odds are, well, I will let you do the maths.
I am luckier, my odds were 26,000 to 1 to fulfil a longstanding ambition of riding with my daughter in a sportive – the Prudential 100 at the end of this month. So I thought I should ride for them as well, and raise awareness of the NET Patient Foundation; formed in 2006 and currently the only charity in the UK and Ireland dedicated to providing support and information to people affected by neuroendocrine cancers.
At present only Hannah and I out of 26,000 riders are riding for the organisation so there is no chance we will be able to raise much money for them, but we hope to raise awareness. I’ve resolved a good part of the funding as Juice Architects are sponsoring Hannah and my ride for £2000 which is sufficient so we are not financially embarrassed.
I hope that our efforts on the day and painful training leading up to it will raise more awareness of the organisation. If you would like to bet on us completing the course and help us shorten the NETs odds even further, please go to:
With only a few weeks to go, it is never too late.