Epic ride for cancer survivor

Dick Noble completed the coast-to-coast ride with his son Ben
Dick Noble completed the coast-to-coast ride with his son Ben

A HAWSKER pensioner completed a “remarkable” achievement recently by cycling coast-to-coast, despite losing his throat to cancer two years ago.

Dick Noble underwent a nine hour operation to remove his throat and voice box, leaving him required to breathe through his neck.

Dick and Ben arrive in Robin Hood's Bay

Dick and Ben arrive in Robin Hood's Bay

The 67-year-old’s wife, Jayne, said: “He’s continued to live a very full life.

“He’s so determined and he has a tough character and a positive mental attitude to everything he does.

“I’m a huge believer that what’s got him through it.

“I’m very proud of him and how he’s coped with all the adversity.”

Mr Noble was accompanied by his son Ben, who is North Yorkshire schools sport co-ordinator, and the pair set off from St Bees in Cumbria on Sunday 29 May, arriving five days and 220 miles later in Robin Hood’s Bay.

“I was always very apprehensive”, said Mr Noble, “When I was doing my training I thought I would never make it.

“My son was an inspiration, I had confidence because Ben was with me.

“When I realised how much sponsorship was donated I knew I could do it, and all in all it was quite an experience.”

The trip was the completion of a life-long dream for Mr Noble, who has also managed to raise £1,000 towards the Great North Air Ambulance and the High Dependency Unit at Leeds General Infirmary, where he spent two weeks recovering after his surgery.

Mrs Noble added: “He had cancer at 24, for which he was cured.

“Then 40 years later he was diagnosed and because he’d had radiotherapy before, he couldn’t have it again, which means he had to have quite a radical operation.

“He breathes through his neck now which has its own problems and he’s had a real tough time, but he’s got himself back to fitter than he was before his operation, which is a huge feat.

“We are hugely grateful to everyone who’s looked after him so superbly.”

To donate towards Mr Noble’s cause visit www.justgiving.com/Richard-Noble121.