Cancer survivor completes epic charity motorbike ride

A bowel cancer survivor from Matlock has raised more than £2,500 for a health charity after riding his motorbike from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

David Martin, 37, made the 1,350 mile journey on his 125cc bike alongside some 25 other riders, September 9-17.

David had bought his low-powered 125CC motorbike just before falling ill, so was still on L plates and had to ride on back roads.

Now living in the West Midlands, where he works for the police, on Tuesday, September 12, David passed through Matlock and was cheered on by friends and family.

Many riders also visited Matlock Bath to buy waterproofs as Storm Aileen raged around them.

Dad Pete Martin, of Bull Lane, said: “We are very proud of David’s achievement, completing such a gruelling ride so soon after his treatment.”

In May 2016, doctors discovered that David had bowel cancer which had also advanced to his liver.

David is a former pupil of All Saints and Highfields Schools in Matlock, and previously worked for Derbyshire County Council.

After 12 sessions of chemotherapy, five sessions of radiotherapy, and three operations he was given the all clear.

Mum Isabel said: “When we were given the news of David’s cancer by doctors, the outlook looked very bleak indeed.

“Thanks to his positive determination we have received the best possible news. He still has another operation to go but we know he will soon be back living life to the full.”

David set about fundraising for Beating Bowel Cancer which provides practical and emotional help to people undergoing treatment.

As well as all his riding and camping gear, David was also carrying a stoma/ileostomy bag, but was determined not to let it get in the way of doing anything.

To read more about his story and make a donation, visit

So many people and organisations helped him over this last year, ultimately ensuring he is still here, that David felt it was time to give a little bit back.

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