04:45AM, Thursday 26 June 2014
A student will be taking part in a charity bike ride from Windsor Castle to Pamplona in memory of his late father.
Alex Spencer, 19, will set off on the 800-mile ride across France and over the border to the Spanish city on Sunday in time for the Festival of San Fermín which features the Running of the Bulls.
The former Eton College pupil has already raised more than £1,600 for Cancer Research UK and hopes to raise a further £1,500 in tribute to his father Peter, 67, who died of oesophageal cancer in January, 2013.
Alex, who works as a retailer at Legoland Windsor, said: "If he knew I was doing this bike ride he would say that I was stupid - but it was something we liked to do together so it would be a fitting tribute.
"Originally I was going to ride to Rome but I didn't fancy riding across the Alps and I have always wanted to see the Running of the Bulls," said the 19-year-old from Drift Road, Winkfield.
The former pupil at Sunningdale School, who is starting a geography degree at Oxford University in September, will be supported by his mother, Verity, 54, who will be following her son by car and meeting up with him in the evenings.
"She was worried at first but she's happy to be involved in some way", said the former employee at Shooting Star Chase in Weybridge, Surrey.
Alex, who also works as a dive master at Oyster Diving, in Priest Hill, Old Windsor, has been riding 20 miles every other day in preparation for the challenge.
He said: "I probably haven't enough training as I should have done as I only bought a road bike in January but I have been riding 60 miles per week so I should be prepared."
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