More than 1,000 Cyclists Conquer the Selby Three Swans Sportive

03 September 2019

More than 1,000 cyclists took part in the seventh annual Selby Three Swans Sportive on Sunday (September 1). 

Blue skies, sunshine and a strong headwind welcomed participants of the popular event, which is organised by Yorkshire Cancer Research in partnership with Selby Cycling Club and Inspiring healthy lifestyles

Women celebrate the Selby Three Swans ride.

The good weather held out until late afternoon when the heavens opened, but heavy showers failed to dampen the atmosphere as cyclists crossed the finish line outside Selby Abbey. The event is expected to raise around £30,000 for the charity’s research and services across the region.  

Sally Hurst, former GB para-cyclist and BBC Look North journalist, and sports presenter Tanya Arnold officially set off cyclists before taking part in the 63-mile route. Sally lost her leg to bone cancer in her 20s and recently recovered from breast cancer. 

She said: “I’m really chuffed to have got round the 63 miles – my longest ride since finishing breast cancer treatment. I rode with a great group of women, and it felt fantastic to cross the finish line together outside Selby Abbey. It was a well-organised, friendly event and we chatted to lots of other riders along the route.”

Mother and daughter hug at Selby Three Swans Sportive finish line.

Tanya added: “I loved the event. It was a real challenge for me after only getting on a road bike for the first time in May, but it was so friendly and well run and we all helped each other along the way.  It was lovely to be able to support the event and the cause.”

Dr Kathryn Scott, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research, took part in the 30 mile route with the charity’s Director of Research and Services, Dr Stuart Griffiths.

She said: “It was incredible to see so many people getting active, enjoying Yorkshire’s beautiful countryside while raising money to help more people in Yorkshire survive cancer. One of the best things about this event is the huge variety of participants, from complete beginners looking to complete their first charity cycling challenge to experienced riders. There’s something for everyone. 

Cycling the Selby Three Swans routes.

“The funds raised at the weekend will go towards funding life-saving research and services. This work wouldn’t be possible without the support of people across Yorkshire. We’d like to thank everyone who took part in the Selby Three Swans Sportive for their fundraising efforts, and a special thank you must go to our super volunteers. Without them the event simply couldn’t happen.” 

Dani Penney, Selby Wellbeing Manager at Inspiring healthy lifestyles, added: “Inspiring healthy lifestyles support the event each year through providing a place for registration, car park marshalling and hosting a health and wellbeing stall on the market place. It is fantastic to see so many cyclists taking part in the event year on year and welcoming new people to the town.”


About Yorkshire Cancer Research
•    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. 
•    Current statistics show that 583 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. 
•    Our mission is for 2,000 more people to survive cancer every year in Yorkshire. 
•    There are lots of cancer problems across the region that need to be tackled on a local level. We work in partnership with researchers, clinicians, the NHS, public health bodies and other charities to fund innovative work in four key areas: prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and clinical trials. 
•    For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


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