An engineer from Goole has raised £3000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research after cycling 110 kilometres as part of the charity’s Virtual Three Swans Sportive event.
Simon Gott, who works for Triton Power, decided to part in the virtual bike ride after losing his father to cancer six years ago.
Along with friends and work colleagues Colin Braithwaite and Siddy Dick, he completed the ‘Humber Loop’, a popular local route around the Humber estuary that includes cycling over the iconic Humber Bridge.
Yorkshire Cancer Research invited supporters to take part in the virtual cycling challenge during October after its annual Selby Three Swans Sportive event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Simon said: “Having seen how cancer affects people, it’s a natural choice to try and assist with raising funds for such a worthy charity. My wife and I took part in the Selby Three Swans ride two years ago and enjoyed the event, so this was an ideal way to take part again. I work with both Colin and Siddy at Saltend Power Station and they willingly volunteered to take on the challenge with me.”
The trio battled severe weather conditions to complete the ride, with high winds and heavy rain hampering their efforts. Finishing the 70-mile loop was a personal milestone for Siddy, who hadn’t ridden such a long distance before.
Simon said: “It was a brutal day in the saddle. The toughest stretch was the headwind over the Humber Bridge and the following five miles where we faced 10% inclines complete with the headwind and rain.
“However, it was the best feeling completing the challenge in harsh conditions and coming over the line, so to speak, with my colleagues, knowing what we had achieved and how much we had raised.”
Donations far exceeded Simon’s initial expectations, with lots of support from family and friends and a £500 contribution from Triton Power. Colin’s employer Altrad and Siddy’s employer Humbertherm also made large donations to the charity. The funds raised will support research to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in Yorkshire.
Simon added: “We feel very pleased, and quite humbled, to see such generosity from people. A big vote of thanks goes to Triton Power, Altrad and Humbertherm. We are very grateful to them for helping us reach such a fantastic fundraising total.”
To sponsor Simon, Colin and Siddy, visit their JustGiving page.