London to Cornwall Bike Ride
in memory of Mark Tillson & Sophie Clarke
15 - 18 September 2021
£30,707.87of £5,000 target
about the challenge
Over 40 cyclists took tackled 447km in four days, riding from SW London to Polzeath Beach, Cornwall.
Both Mark and Sophie were keen cyclists and loved getting outside, exploring and enjoying the natural world, especially when accompanied by their family and friends. Follow the Sun: City to Sea was a celebration of their lives and a few of their favourite pastimes that aimed to transform the lives of those going through what they did.
The funds raised were in aid of both The Sophie Clarke Foundation and The Brain Tumour Charity.
Mark & The Brain Tumour Charity
Mark was an amazing, kind, funny, loving, energising and at times, slightly eccentric man with a passion for walking and cycling. He was diagnosed in July 2020 with a Grade IV Glioblastoma, following a seizure on a walk in late June. After having the bulk of the tumour removed and following a series of complications where he spent almost month in hospital; he returned home in September. Mark managed to recover enough to complete 3 weeks of high dosage radiotherapy, but unfortunately the tumour spread rapidly across the surface of his brain and after completing the radiotherapy he started to deteriorate quickly. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at home in December, just 6 months after his diagnosis.
Since his passing his family have focused their energy on raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity. An amazing charity that not only provided them with invaluable support over the last six months, but is also aiming to double survival rates within 10 years through research and development of treatment that currently hasn't changed in 40 years. Mark's family hope is that others fighting this illness in the future, will face better odds than they did.