A Beaconsfield man has braved a charity bike ride to honour his late friend.

Six months after the death of Beaconsfield man Mickey Radice, 45, who passed away from a brain tumour, close friend Alex Speculand, 36, took part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 in honour of Mickey.

This is after family and friends have managed to raise £42,000 for brain tumour research, as Alex raised £1000 to add to that impressive figure.

RideLondon took place on August 4 as 25,000 cyclists rode 100 miles around London and through the Surrey Countryside.

Alex spoke of his late friend Mickey, he said: “Mickey was a very sociable person, a really keen runner and he absolutely loved his rugby.

“If he had been with me for RideLondon, he would have been chatting to everyone.”

Mickey had the brain tumour for 14 years trying both chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but both were unsuccessful leaving his wife and six year-old twins behind following his untimely death.

However tragic stories like Mickey’s aren’t uncommon.

Paula Rastrick, community fundraising manager for Brain Tumour Research in the Central Region, said: “Mickey’s story reminds us that less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50% across all cancers.

“We cannot allow this devastating situation to continue.”

The charity is calling for an annual spend of £35m in order to improve survival rates and continue it’s research all in hope to ultimately find a cure.

Alex added: “I had a great day out on Sunday, but it was tinged with sadness that Mickey wasn’t around to share the experience.

“I met up with Mickey’s friend Michael Shanahan at the end of the race and we reminisced about our much-missed pal.”