Cyclists raise £100K for Yorkshire Cancer Research

06 September 2018

Cyclists were rewarded with blue skies, sunshine and shiny medals when they took part in the sixth annual Selby Three Swans Sportive on Sunday, September 2.

More than a thousand riders set off from Selby Abbey to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research, which is dedicated to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the region.

The popular bike ride, organised in partnership with Selby Cycling Club and Inspiring healthy lifestyles, included a choice of 30, 67 or 102-mile routes. For the first time, all participants received a medal after crossing the finish line.

The event, first held in 2013, has now raised more than £100,000 to help fund vital cancer research and community health projects.

Charlie Jackett, Event Manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We had a great turn-out and fantastic weather for this year’s Selby Three Swans. As always, there was a friendly atmosphere amongst riders, spectators and members of the public all coming together to raise funds to help improve the detection and treatment of cancer in Yorkshire.

“We’d like to thank everyone who helped to make the day a success, including Selby Cycling Club and Inspiring healthy lifestyles. A huge thank you goes to our brilliant volunteers and the community of Selby, which has always been so welcoming.”

Chris Chittock, Selby Cycling Club Secretary, said: “Selby Cycling Club is involved in many aspects of the event, from picking the route to the fantastic team of club members that act as on road marshals and pace setters. Selby Cycling Club is thrilled to be such an integral part of an event which brings the roads and scenery of our beautiful part of Yorkshire to a wider audience whilst raising money for a brilliant charity like Yorkshire Cancer Research.”

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Notes to Editors

  • Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
  • We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
  • Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
  • Current statistics show that 575 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
  • We aim to:
    • Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
    • Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
    • Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
    • Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
    • Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
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