Why I’m taking on the Marie Curie Power Peloton

James is taking on the Marie Curie Power Peloton in memory of his wife Maria
James is taking on the Marie Curie Power Peloton in memory of his wife Maria

by James Britton Fundraiser  James Britton is one of the 15 riders taking on the Marie Curie Power Peloton and, like all of the riders, he has a special reason for taking part. Here he explains his motivations for taking on this once in a lifetime challenge.


My wife Maria passed away in November 2012. Because of the help and support of Marie Curie Nurses, she was able to spend her final days at home surrounded by her friends and our four amazing children. Their support was invaluable and meant that I could keep the children’s lives as normal as possible. Three months ago I got a phone call from Cheryl Barrett, who I met last year when I was doing the Marie Curie Coast to Coast in memory of Maria. She asked me whether I wanted to take part in the Marie Curie Power Peloton. For any of you who don’t know what that is, it’s the chance to ride on the first stage of the Tour de France just a few hours ahead of the actual race. Now I’m not one to turn down an opportunity, and this sounded like a once in a lifetime chance to do something amazing, but also raise much needed funds for Marie Curie. The target is £19,000, and to many this might sound like a lot, but that’s what it takes to fund a Marie Curie Nurse for an entire year. If that means I can ensure other families get the help and support they need, then that makes the hard work well worth it. I’ve done a few challenges in the past, but 190km in one morning is going to take something pretty special. I really want to use this and Maria’s legacy to show people that you can do amazing things. £19,000 might sound like a challenge, but nothing is worth doing if it’s easy. Sponsor James and help him reach his target.