Costessey: Boxer Jon Thaxton ensuring training for India charity cycle ride is packing a punch

Cycling more than 200 miles in the heat of rural India is not a challenge to take on without being prepared.

So one Costessey woman intending to do just that has taken on a suitable motivator to get her in shape – namely Norwich's former European and British lightweight boxing champion, Jon Thaxton.

Sue Wilson, 43, of Queens Hills, will be heading to the sub-continent this November to take part in the Women V Cancer Cycle India charity ride.

The 350km ride, which is about 217 miles, has been organised by Action For Charity to raise funds for four charities; Breast Cancer Care, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, Ovarian Cancer Action and an Indian cancer centre.

Sue will join a group of fellow fundraisers in the arduous cycle across rural Rajasthan, in eastern India, over the course of five days.

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She said: 'Cancer has never really affected me but it has affected a lot of my friends.

'I just felt like I wanted to get involved because I wanted to do some charity work this year and a lot of people's lives are unfortunately touched by cancer.

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'So I'm training with Jon three or four times a week at Virgin Active [Norfolk Health and Raquets Club, formerly Norwich Sports Village, in Hellesdon] and he really pushes me hard.'

In signing up to the challenge, mother-of-two Sue has committed to raising �2,800 for the cause, so she has also got involved with organising a night of fundraising entertainment.

On the Bank Holiday Monday of June 4 a Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration is being held at Holiday Inn Norwich North, on Cromer Road in Hellesdon.

Comedian Russ Williams is providing the headline entertainment, joined by local Elvis impersonator, Peter Sissman, and The Nigel King Band, along with a fully-stocked bar, hot and cold snacks, a large dance floor and a charity auction.

Tickets are �10 per person, although they are just for over-18s due to adult humour, with doors opening at 7pm for an 8pm start and no tickets available on the door.

To buy a ticket, call Sue on 07502 454993 or Don on 07887 998758. To support Sue in her fundraising, visit

- Are you raising money for charity? Contact David Freezer on 01603 772418 or

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