Danny and Matt shortly after crossing the finish line

Submitted by Strand PR

A freelance photographer from Hertfordshire who fought – and won – his own battle with cancer has cycled 100 miles to raise awareness of the disease.

Danny Loo, 39, has teamed up with friend and fellow photographer Matt Fisher to tackle the RideLondon event and raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

The father-of-two said: “After cycling from London to Brighton last year, I wanted to try pedaling further and really push my limits. I’ve always wanted to ride RideLondon since they started it after the 2012 Olympics, and it did not disappoint It was amazing cycling through central London with all roads closed to us and ending up on the iconic Tower Bridge with my wife, eldest son Brandon and dad leading us cheered on the line, it was unbelievable.”

Danny, from Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, was diagnosed and successfully treated for bowel cancer in 2020. ‘I wasn’t sure what my future would be like and I’m really happy to have been able to find a normal level of health. and fitness and take on challenges like this.

Matt wanted to join his companion in the challenge of commemorating his grandfather who died of prostate cancer 12 years ago. Friends joined more than 20,000 other cyclists in the capital on Sunday May 29 in the first RideLondon event since lockdown.

Runners could choose between 100, 60 and 30 mile courses, with the event crossing Essex for the first time instead of the legacy course from 2012 which sent participants south from London to Surrey.

Danny with his wife Tracey proudly showing off his medal

Danny said: “I couldn’t have done this without the support of my wonderful wife Tracey, as well as my family and friends. Special thanks to Matt for signing up to ride with me and for dragging me on the course in a very respectable time.

“I want to do more charity bike rides in the future and raise money and awareness for Bowel cancer UK. The sad story of Dame Deborah James could have been me, but I was blessed with a second chance at life.

The couple have already raised over £1,000 and continue to receive donations through this link.