Sister of SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling rider Tim James, from Bourne, to run London Marathon for Cancer Research UK
The sister of a talented cyclist who died from a rare form of cancer has taken on a marathon challenge to fund more research into the disease.
Tim James, from Bourne, was on the brink of a career as a professional rider and had joined the SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling team last year when he fell ill.
He died in May aged 23, from a type of cancer which had less than a handful of recorded cases worldwide.
His younger sister Georgie hopes to create something positive from what has been the toughest of years by running the London Marathon on Sunday for Cancer Research UK.
“I have always thought of doing a marathon, but when Tim was struggling I decided that I would try and get a place at London,” she said.
“I’ve seen from a personal perspective how much more research is needed for cancer treatment and rare cancers.”
Georgie, 22, initially missed out on a place at this year’s marathon only to discover her entry had been accepted just days after the family lost Tim.
Around £700 was donated within hours of setting up the fundraising page, and the tally already stands at a staggering £4,000.
Tim’s former cycling teams, including Italian team Zappi Racing and SwiftCarbon, have been big supporters, with the latter also launching a memorial race for Tim this year.
“Tim passed away on the Friday and I found out about my place on the Wednesday so he never knew I was doing it, but I sure he would be very excited," Georgie said.
“He always tried to encourage me to get into cycling, but I never got into that.
“He really liked it when I got into running and was very enthusiastic.
“Tim used to look at my runs on my Strava and judge them. He liked to coach me a bit!”
Georgie, a final year chemistry student at the University of Edinburgh, first took up running seriously last year as a lockdown pastime.
She has set herself a swift target time of between 3hr and 3hr 25min and has been training for more than four months.
The challenge itself has given Georgie a priceless focus, while the fundraising campaign has provided a positive goal through an incredibly challenging time.
“You get through day to day and try not to think too far ahead into the future, “ she said.
“Tim and I were super close - there was only a year and a day between us.
“When I found I had got the place it was the first bit of positive news we had had in quite a long time.
“It’s been something to look forward to and aim for which is a good thing to have at the moment.
“Family and friends are coming to watch and it should be a really fun day for everyone,”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/georgie-james1