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Ryan Royston

Royston’s ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats

Pedal power is the name of the game for former Stones defender Ryan Royston.

An influential figure during the 2005/06 and 2006/07 championship-winning seasons under Lloyd Hume and Alan Walker, Ryan is cycling the equivalent of Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for the Brain Tumour Research charity.

It is a cause close to his heart after former teammate Peter Overton and ex-stone Paul Foley both died in recent years from brain tumours, as did a student and colleague at schools he’s taught at.

With lockdown still in full swing, Ryan is riding the 1,744km on an exercise bike and hopes to hit that milestone on Friday 26 March. That is Wear A Hat Day 2021 – Brain Tumour Research’s annual awareness and fundraising event.

As of today, he’s already clocked up an impressive 1,015km.

Ryan said: “After the sad passing of Peter Overton and Paul Foley in the last couple of years to brain tumours, I then lost one of my students to the same disease.

“In their memory, I have taken on the challenge of a virtual cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats. It’s tough at times, I could do with one of Lloydy and Walks’ half-time team-talks to get me through!

“If some Stones fans can donate that’ll be amazing but in these tough times, just signing the petition could help with funding for the charity.”

Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age. What’s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer – yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

For more information, visit www.braintumourresearch.org.