Bury St Edmunds man’s Race Across America in father’s memory

David Sapsford and Peter Featherstone are part of a team taking part in the 3,000 mile Race Across America for the British Heart Foundation.
David Sapsford and Peter Featherstone are part of a team taking part in the 3,000 mile Race Across America for the British Heart Foundation.
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A critical care pharmacist at West Suffolk Hospital is taking part in a challenge to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation and awareness of the need for organ donors.

David Sapsford will compete in this year’s Race Across America (RAAM) in memory of his father, Graham, who died last year from complications that arose after a heart transplant.

David and Graham Sapsford

David and Graham Sapsford

David, 37, of Bury St Edmunds, had planned to take part in the ultra-cyclist event last year but chose to delay his involvement when Graham was taken into intensive care.

Setting off on June 18, David and three friends – Peter Featherstone, of Burwell, Dominic Silk, of Bury, and Zoila Gilham-Fernandez, of Barrow – will, with a crew of nine others, travel 3,000 miles, climb 175,000 vertical feet and cross 12 states in what is billed as ‘the world’s toughest bicycle race’.

David said: “We’re all really excited. I’m certainly a little bit scared and a little bit anxious but overwhelmingly excited. I guess we won’t know until we get there but we’re all looking forward to it immensely.”

To practice their all important race strategy, this weekend ‘Team Life Cycle’ are planning to ride a 40-mile circular route in relay repeatedly for 24 hours.

David said: “Our support crew will be providing support in exactly the same manner as we anticipate in America, however we will be using my home as our base, just as our RV will be used (except, obviously it will be static) in America.”

He wished to thank the ‘amazing’ crew for volunteering their time and Lifecycle UK, in Bildeston, for sourcing sponsors.

To help the group achieve its £20,000 fund-raising target, go to www.justgiving.com/Sapsford-RAAM

For regular updates, visit www.teamlifecycle2016.co.uk