Pedal Power: Quartet In Velo Birmingham 100 Smash £2,017 And 2017-Mile Targets For Cyclists’ Cancer Charity

Four work colleagues, including one who’s had open-heart surgery, had already raised money to fight cancer by training hard for the Velo Birmingham 100 mile cycle ride held on Sunday September 24.

The quartet from Atherstone-based Eclipse Group Solutions, eCommerce IT specialists and part of the HR GO group of recruitment companies, are supporting the Cyclists Fighting Cancer Million Mile Bike Ride 2017 campaign.

Tim Stainthorpe (Director), Tony Godson (Systems Architect), Matt Randall (Head of Delivery) and Dave Dutson (DevOps Analyst), set a fundraising target of £2,017 from their training effort. They exceeded their target by raising £2,400, with more to come.

That £2,017 target is not only appropriate for the year but also the round-trip distance – 2017 miles – between Atherstone and Eclipse’s development centre in Wroclaw, Poland. They have already smashed through that barrier, notching up a combined total of more than 6,000 miles.

In 2014, Eclipse started the Velo Club Eclipse to encourage staff to cycle regularly to and from work to keep them fit and healthy.

Tim said: “We were looking for a challenge that would give us the impetus to train and at the same time raise money and exposure for a charity along the way.

“With Birmingham being the closest city to our UK office, and with the Velo 100 being held over closed roads for the first time, it seemed too good an opportunity to miss.

“We all have close friends and family who have been impacted by cancer, and with us having young families, we are particularly aware of the impact cancer has on children and young adults.”

Tony, who has had open-heart surgery to have a mechanical heart valve fitted to replace a congenital bicuspid aortic valve, said: “I’m inspired by the work that Cyclists Fighting Cancer do. The more people who know about this charity, the greater its impact.

Matt, a former rugby player who lost the use of one of his four quadriceps tendons to injury, added: “Two friends have died of bowel cancer, the UK’s second biggest cancer killer. Both would have been the same age as me if they were still with us.

“I am a novice cyclist and this is my first cycling challenge. I only bought a bike last year to support my better half in her triathlon training efforts but now I’ve been coerced into this 100-miler, I’ve caught the cycling bug.”

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