Simon Morton and his late wife, Becky.
A CHARITY challenge in memory of Becky Morton, the young surgeon who lost her battle with cancer in April, will see a group of cyclists take on one of the world’s toughest routes.
Becky’s husband, Simon Morton, and four friends are set to take part in L’Etape du Tour Mondovelo cycling event, held every year as a prelude to the Tour de France to give amateur cyclists the chance to complete a leg of the famous French course.
They will take on the gruelling 201km course through the Pyrenees, which includes four mountain passes and ascents of up to 5km, to raise money for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, where Becky was cared for.
Simon, who will be racing against the clock with friends Mark Giddens, Steve Elsmore, Chris Campbell and Wai-Kay Chan, said: "The hospice is very dear to my heart following the care and support they gave Becky, and we are trying to do our bit for them in our own little way.
"Becky knew we were planning to do this and she was very happy about it.
"She felt the same as we all do about the hospice. It’s such an important charity and without the loving care, dedication and specialist help of all of the staff, Becky, myself and the family certainly would not have been able to manage on our own.
"We will be racing against the clock on the toughest stage of this year’s Tour de France, which is quite nerve-racking, but getting the chance to test ourselves on the mountains real cycling legends have conquered adds to the excitement.
"Whatever happens on the day we will enjoy it and give it our best shot."
L’Etape du Tour takes place in July, and anyone who would like to support the team can make a donation at www.justgiving.com/mortonsimon or www.justgiving.com/teams/