A champion veteran racing cyclist from Daventry is back to winning ways following his successful cancer treatment at Northampton General Hospital.
Vince Jenkins, winner of British and Welsh 25 mile and the Welsh and Midland 10 mile championships for his age group in 2012, was shocked to receive the news that he had an aggressive skin cancer that had spread to his saliva glands. It necessitated major surgery, a two-week stay at NGH, and six weeks of radiotherapy in 2013.
The good news is that, after a year out, the 74-year-old cyclist is now back on the bike and racing – and has recently clocked up his first win of the season.
Vince said: “I would like to thank all the staff at Northampton General Hospital for their skill and care, and those wonderful MacMillan Nurses who are always there when you need that extra bit of help and encouragement.”
In four consecutive races since he restarted racing in May he improved from 20th to fifth place. Then on May 31 he won his age category in the Bromsgrove Olympic CC 10-mile time trial with a time of 24:46 to collect his first prize of the season.
“Not my fastest, but a definite step in the right direction,” said Vince. “Thank you, Northampton General.”
He is taking each race a step at a time as he continues his recovery that he acknowledges would not be possible without the support of his wife, who has done everything she can and more to help him get his health and fitness back.
With his ‘new look’ team kit from Leisure Lakes, Vince hopes he can inspire others not to give up and keep on living their life to the full.