Cancer patient completes 2,082 miles of Tour de France while protecting themselves from Covid-19


Man with stage four colon cancer admits feeling a little “broken” after completing a 2,082 mile Tour de France on an exercise bike while protecting himself from Covid-19 at home .Software developer Keith Farquharson, 46, undertook the impressive feat of raising funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Research Center, where he is currently receiving treatment.

He credits the center with keeping him alive after he offered him a test medication. He was diagnosed in 2017 and said around 50% of people with his prognosis would die within a year.

30 miles per day

Farquharson of Heaton in Newcastle has been isolated for four months because of the risk of getting the coronavirus.

He chose the 2018 Tour because he watched it in its entirety after being diagnosed, tackling 30 miles of the road a day.

It has been said that climbing the route is equivalent to climbing Mount Everest five times.

“I am upset and happy that it is over but it has been so, so well,” he said as he crossed the finish line.

Keith Farquharson celebrates with his wife Amber (right), son Caspian and Lady Elsie Robson after completing a simulated 2,000 mile tour of France while protecting himself at home. (Photo: PA)

“Strangely, the hardest part was halfway when I got out of the hills and it was flat. It was just less interesting to do, so it was quite difficult to stay motivated.

“Fundraising for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has really helped. I was always cycling when I had chemo.

“It helps you mentally, you can go out and think about something other than what’s going on and it makes a big difference.” “

“A very special man”

After his ride, which began on March 28, Mr. Farquharson was cheered by family and friends as he celebrated on a podium outside his home.

Among the crowd was Lady Elsie Robson, widow of former English football manager Sir Bobby, who founded the foundation in 2008. He died a year later from lung cancer.

Lady Elsie said, “What a wonderful achievement it is. I think Keith must be a very special man to finish this race and in such difficult circumstances. “

Keith Farquharson celebrates with his wife Amber (left) and Lady Elsie Robson after completing a simulated 2,000 mile tour of France while protecting at home. (Photo: PA)

It is not the first time that Mr. Farquharson has taken on a physical challenge, after registering for the Great North Run two years after a triple diagnosis of cancer struck his family.

Within five months, he, his wife Amber, and his father were all diagnosed with cancer. His wife is now in remission but his father died in March of last year.

Farquharson’s efforts have so far raised approximately £ 4,000, and other donations can be made at

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