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Former Pulham Market doctor ditches Lycra for his biking fundraiser

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Do not look out for Philip Leftley in sleek riding gear on his fundraising cycle ride.

Philip Leftley. (4087431)
Philip Leftley. (4087431)

“I don’t do lycra,” says the former Pulham Market GP.

He does not do top-of-the-range racing bikes either.

Instead, he will be on the Brompton fold-up he has been using for the last couple of years to complete the Cycle 300 to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

“I won’t be doing it in one hit or on a static bike, which I think some people are doing,” he said.

He will be following many of the circular routes in the Broads by Bike network – and hopping on buses to get to his starting point each day.

“I am happy to combine getting a bit fitter and seeing the Broads with raising money for cancer research,” he said.

“In my time as a doctor, I have treated many patients with this awful disease and I look forward to the day when all cancers are cured.”

Dr Leftley, 67, has frequently sailed on the Broads but sold the family’s river cruiser last year. “We had a lot of fun in it but it wasn’t being used much,” he explained.

He became a GP more than 40 years ago and, although he has now retired, he still occasionally makes professional visits to London and other major cities and uses his fold-up Brompton to get from train stations to wherever he happens to be working.

As well as the “freedom and fun” of biking, it also means he can avoid the “awful tube trains”.

Now he looks forward to seeing the Broads from a new perspective.

Dr Leftley warmed up for the days of riding ahead of him with a 10-mile round trip from his home in Pulham St Mary to the Rushall Half Moon on Saturday, September 1.

Another outing on Sunday, September 2, around Harleston means he has 276 more to go – and he was due to complete 16 of those yesterday on Broads Route 1, starting from Hoveton.

His target is £150 and, unlike most fundraisers, is not looking for a big donation. “If 50 people sponsored me for 1p a mile, that would be astonishing,” he said.

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