Sheffield Forgemasters shows its mettle for £2k coast to coast fundraiser

Five keen cyclists from Sheffield Forgemasters research and development division RD26 have raised more than £2,000 for a Sheffield cancer support charity.

RD26 director Jesus Talamantes-Silva, development engineers Sinan Al-Bermani and Peter Davies, development graduate Connor Chesman and University of Sheffield PhD placement student Michael Howson, took to their bikes to pedal more than 160 miles for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity (WPHCC).

The three day rigorous riding route started at coastal Cumbrian town Whitehaven and finished at Tynemouth in the North East, taking in Hartside at 1903ft, the highest point on the cycle network on the second day, and a total elevation of 3500m across the challenge.

Connor Chesman said: "Whitehaven to Great Strickland was a long first day. Hartside involved a 1703ft climb in a five mile stretch and Allenheads to Tynemouth saw us have to tackle a bit of off-road - which didn’t feel good on a road bike!

"There was one 15km detour in the wrong direction first thing on the first day, which was not a great start, and only one puncture and one fall - in the last 5 miles.

"But we all thoroughly enjoyed it and have raised a fantastic amount for WPHCC. Our aim was to collect £250 so to raise £2062.94 is excellent. Its 825% over our £250 target."

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity supports the work of Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield. The hospital is one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in England with an international reputation as a centre of excellence in the fight against cancer.

The hospital provides cancer treatment services for patients across Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Worksop and Chesterfield.