Sheffield Hallam colleagues set to cycle 450 miles for Yorkshire Cancer Research

27 May 2021

Two Sheffield Hallam colleagues are set to cycle 450 miles in just three days to support Welcome to Yorkshire and Yorkshire Cancer Research’s Tour de Walkshire fundraising campaign.

Keen cyclists Professor Robert Copeland and Ian Brookes, who both work at the University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC), are aiming to complete the ‘Beat the Border’ challenge over the late May Bank Holiday weekend.

Each day will start and end at the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre in Sheffield with the riders travelling to Whitby and back on the first day, covering a total of 200 miles and spending approximately 15 hours in the saddle.

Day two will see the pair ride to Ripon and back to AWRC, calling in at the Yorkshire Cancer Research offices in Harrogate on the 150-mile route.

The final day’s route will be a hilly 100-miles to Halifax and back to AWRC, via Holmfirth.

The challenge aims to raise money and profile for Yorkshire Cancer Research and the work the charity does.

The Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre and Yorkshire Cancer Research have recently announced a new physical activity programme to help people with cancer prepare for and recover from treatment. The programme is funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research and is being delivered by the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre.

Professor Robert Copeland and Ian Brookes

Professor Robert Copeland is Director of the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre and helped set up the collaborative project with Yorkshire Cancer Research.

He said: “Earlier this year the AWRC partnered with Yorkshire Cancer Research to design a service that would help people with a cancer diagnosis prepare for and recover from treatment. Working with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, we are extremely excited by this opportunity but also very grateful to Yorkshire Cancer Research to have the financial support to make this happen.

“So when Tour de Walkshire was announced, it was a perfect opportunity for us to try and support the charity to fund raise and to continue to support programmes that change people’s lives across the region.”

Ian added: “I am the type of person who jumps at the chance of new experiences, adventures, and challenges so it was only a matter of seconds before I said yes.

“Once we began to plan it out and think about the distances and logistics involved, we soon realised how crazy and difficult it will be. No matter how tired and fatigued I become I will try and remember that I am still enjoying my hobby, and I chose to be there.

“People diagnosed with cancer don’t make that choice, don’t have the option of quitting. I am confident we can make it to the end, and to be able to help raise money and awareness for much needed research to help people diagnosed with cancer in the future will be a real honour.”

Rob and Ian will be supported by a number of organisations during their challenge including Cycle Sheffield, Mamnick, Sheffrec Cycling Club, Bolsover and District Cycling Club and Veloviewer.

To donate to Ian and Rob, visit their fundraising page.

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