Breeze Champion Encourages Women to Take on Selby Three Swans Sportive

19 August 2016

A CYCLIST who lost her mum to cancer is encouraging women to sign up to take part in the Selby Three Swans Sportive.

Trina Elkington, from Colton, near Leeds, is hoping to complete the event’s 100 mile route next month to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

The 47-year-old is a ‘Breeze Champion’, working with British Cycling to encourage more women to take up the sport by organising and promoting rides for female cyclists. 

The Selby Three Swans Sportive offers a choice of three routes – 30, 60 and 100 miles – and its flat course has seen it become a popular event for both beginners looking for their first sportive and more experienced riders looking for a personal best time.

Trina said: “I’ve always been interested in cycling and I’ve cycled at different points in my life, but it wasn’t until I took part in a mini triathlon that I started to really get into it. My husband bought me a road bike to help me train. I really enjoyed it and so I decided to sign up as a Breeze volunteer to start spreading the enjoyment.

“Being a volunteer has really changed my life. Cycling is now just something I do every week. I commute about three times a week and ride at weekends. I’ve made some life-long friends and I’ve had a huge sense of achievement from helping out others.”

Trina’s mum Jenny passed away unexpectedly from cancer eight years ago, at the age of 65. She died just three weeks after being diagnosed and Trina will take part in the Selby Three Swans Sportive in tribute to her. 

Trina said: “My mum’s death was a huge shock and the family is still feeling the after-effects. Many people have lost loved ones to cancer. I’ve tried to help others by getting them to join me on my Breeze training rides and showing them how focusing on a new challenge, like this bike ride, can give them an outlet to help them cope during the sad times.

“I’m really looking forward to sharing stories with people on the route and feeling the sense of achievement at the end. To women thinking of getting into cycling, I’d say find a friend that has a similar ambition, buddy up and have a go together. It’s so much fun, and doing it with a friend takes away the nerves.

“And of course, women should seek out their local Breeze champion for advice on routes and anything about cycling. We tend to be passionate, approachable ladies and there’s usually cake involved somewhere.”

The Selby Three Swans Sportive is organised by Yorkshire Cancer Research in partnership with Selby Cycling Club, Selby District Council, which has provided a £3,250 grant, and ‘Inspiring healthy lifestyles’, leisure operator for the Council. 

Taking place on Sunday, September 4, the ride begins and finishes at the famous Selby Abbey and all participants will receive t-shirts and medals. For more information, please visit Entries close at 12pm (midnight) on Monday, August 29. 



Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email:

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