A record number of cyclists took part in the Selby Three Swans Sportive on Sunday (September 3), raising more than £40,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
About 1,100 people crossed the finish line on the pavement outside Selby Abbey, including Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire and Director of the Tour de Yorkshire.
The ride includes a choice of 30, 60 or 100 miles, and with a fast, flat route and picturesque scenery it has become a firm favourite with both beginners looking for their first sportive and more experienced cyclists hoping for a personal best.
The event is organised by regional charity Yorkshire Cancer Research, which once again teamed up with Selby Cycling Club, Selby District Council, and ‘Inspiring health lifestyles’, leisure operator for the council, to deliver the ride.
As in previous years, Inspiring healthy lifestyles ran an event village on the Selby Abbey pavement to entertain families and supporters and to welcome everyone home again.
Sir Gary said: “It was great to be able to support cycling in Selby on the back of the legacy of the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire, and to support Yorkshire Cancer Research as well. The route took us through some nice villages and beautiful scenery. It was brilliant to see so many people taking part, raising lots of money for a good cause.”
Joe Taylor, Partnerships Manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We’re overwhelmed by how popular the Selby Three Swans has become. It’s a fantastic event which really showcases the unbeatable countryside Yorkshire has to offer. We’re so proud of everyone who completed the ride, and cannot thank them enough for all the time they put into fundraising and training for the event.
“We’d also like to thank our volunteers, our Selby Committee, Selby Cycling Club and all our other partners, without whom the event would simply not be possible. The money raised will help us work in the heart of communities in Yorkshire to ensure more people survive cancer.”
Cllr Richard Musgrave, Selby District Council’s Executive member and lead councillor with responsibility for housing, leisure, health and culture said: “Well done to all those that took on the Selby Three Swans Sportive. It was great to see so many cyclists of all ages taking on one of the sportive challenges. The Selby District is a great place for cycling and the event does a fantastic job in pushing the district as a cycling destination both locally and nationally.
“Congratulations to Yorkshire Cancer Research and Selby Cycling Club for producing another hugely successful sportive, it’s a deserved reward for the hard work they have put in to delivering the event. I hope that the sportive will inspire more people in the district to get out on their bike and take part in physical activity.”
For more information about fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Research, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/teamyorkshire.
Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.