Hornchurch rider turns up heat on Asian bike adventure

PUBLISHED: 15:05 19 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:10 19 March 2015

Anthony Button, 30, on his charity cycle from Thailand to Cambodia.

Anthony Button, 30, on his charity cycle from Thailand to Cambodia.


A cyclist navigated his way through cows and chickens thousands of miles from home to help a cancer charity.

Anthony Button, 30, from Hornchurch, raised more than £4,700 for Marie Curie Cancer Care on an “intense” cycle ride from Thailand to Cambodia.

Anthony, a personal assistant at University of East London (UEL), wanted to give back to the charity after it helped provide care for his uncles and aunts in the past.

He spent eight days cycling 400 miles, dodging mopeds up hills and avoiding trucks on busy roads in heats of up to 45 degrees.

Anthony said: “Three years ago I did a trek in China, but this was completely different, it was much tougher. I found it really hard and the heat and humidity made it really challenging, but it was worth it.

“All the locals were cheering me on, which was really nice and I got to see some amazing cities – I even got to see where the Tomb Raider films were shot.”

Anthony, who cycled up to 70 miles in a 12-hour day, slept anywhere he could on the trip, from hotels in the cities to a room at a brothel on one night.

“It adds to the experience,” he said. “It was just an amazing adventure but I really didn’t prepare enough to be honest.

“I started cycling in the summer last year but I lost momentum. I started going to spinning classes in January to get help with my fitness but I managed to pulled through.”

He said of his charity adventures: “You get to make friends for life on these trips and I still meet up with the people I met on the Great Wall of China trek.”

Anthony said the Marie Curie provided nurses to care for his uncle at home at Christmas before he died: “It’s just a brilliant charity, they support the families too, which is great. My uncle died in his home and their nurses were always there. They really did take some of the load off the family so we could have a break.”

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