ONE of the country’s most successful Paralympians has launched a mass participation cycling event to help pay for nurses who care for people with a terminal illness.

Sarah Storey, who was made a Dame in the New Year Honours, launched the 69-mile Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Mercia taking place on August 18 on closed rural roads, with a start and finish at Oulton Park race track, Little Budworth.

Sarah, whose total of 11 gold medals put her on a par with Paralympians Tanni Grey-Thompson and Dave Roberts, said: “This really is entry level so it’s a chance for anyone who has been inspired by the success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“I hope we can encourage people to sign up and take on the challenge for such a good cause – having a large scale cycling event in the region is very exciting.”

Sarah, who began her sporting career as a swimmer before switching to cycling, told the Chronicle: “Marie Curie is an incredible charity and the support of Marie Curie to people who need end-of-life care with terminal cancer – you can’t put a price on that.”

Sarah lives in Disley, Cheshire, with husband Barney, who rides as a sighted pilot for blind or partially sighted athletes in tandem track cycling events.

And the 35-year-old, born without a functioning left hand, won’t be able to go on the cycle ride, as she is due to give birth to her first child in June.

To register your interest visit and receive priority entry. General entries open on January 29 and admission is £63. A total of 400 free charity pledge places are available to those willing to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

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