Spire boss gears up for cycle challenge

Spire Healthcare CEO, Rob Roger, is taking to two wheels again this week for the second annual charity cycle challenge, this year raising money for Harrison’s Fund.

Rob, along with 200 fellow Spire cyclists, will be pedalling over 720km – the distance between nine Spire hospitals – for the challenge which is due to start on Saturday (6 June). This is the second year the big boss has got on his bike for charity, having last year cycled over 620km to raise money for Walking with the Wounded and Macmillan Cancer Care.

The route will take him from Manchester to London, stopping at Blackpool, Leeds, Bristol, Southampton, Portsmouth, Cheam, Norwich and Cambridge along the way.

This year Rob has chosen the organisation Harrison’s Fund. The charity is named after an eight year old boy from Surrey who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal genetic condition that affects the muscles, causing muscle weakness. The charity’s goal is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure for Duchenne.

“We are really pushing ourselves for this challenge”, says Rob, who holds Harrison’s Fund especially close to his heart.

“We at Spire are an outgoing, proactive bunch of people and we are so pleased to be able to do something as simple as riding our bikes to contribute to this wonderful charity."

Alex Smith, founder of the charity and dad of Harrison, added: “We are so grateful for Rob and his team for choosing our charity to benefit from their fundraising efforts. It’s amazing that so many of the staff are getting behind the event and they have already raised more than £1,000 for the charity and the event hasn’t even started yet!"

All of the money raised by Spire will go to the charity, to fund the important research into the life-limiting disease.

“This is the second series of summer rides for Spire after 2014 was a complete success”, says David Butler, Rob’s race organiser.

“Cycling is booming in the UK and we are certainly taking advantage of that. Our numbers have grown massively this year, and we’ve chosen a different set of hospitals to visit to get as many people involved as possible.”

The route and distances are as follows:

Saturday 6 June Manchester to Blackpool 106.4km
Sunday 7 June
Leeds to Leeds 107km
Saturday 13 June Bristol to Southampton 148.6km
Sunday 14 June Portsmouth to Cheam 114.4km
Saturday 20 June Norwich to Cambridge 122.8km
Sunday 21 June Cambridge to London 122.2km

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