The marketing manager at Leeds-based commercial insurance provider and risk manager, Gauntlet, is following Chris Froome’s lead and donning a yellow jersey this coming September, as he takes on the Cycle Trans Pennine ride, in support of Challenge Cancer North.
Between September 19 and 20, keen cyclists like Ed Gent will be pulling on a Challenge Cancer North yellow shirt and cycling in both directions along the 60-mile route between Leeds and Manchester.
He will be starting his ride at Heaton Park, Manchester and riding to the finish line, at Temple Newsam Park, Leeds, where he hopes some of his colleagues will be waiting to cheer him home.
The cycle ride follows last year’s Tour de France route over stunning Ilkley Moor and will be a tough ride, despite being on tarmac all the way. Ed’s reward will be a medal and glass of bubbly, if he completes the ride, but also the satisfaction of having raised at least £250 for Challenge Cancer North, which is the goal of every entrant.
Sums raised will be split between four charities: Breast Cancer Now; Cancer Research UK; We Are Macmillan Cancer Support and Prostate Cancer UK.
Ed said: “All of these charities are worthy causes that touch many people’s lives. As cycling is one of my hobbies, and I cycle to work every day, I decided that I should tackle the 60-mile Cycle Trans Pennine challenge and see how much I can raise.
“This ride will give me an opportunity to work on my fitness, whilst raising money for a great cause. Those who know my love of food, beer and sofa slouching, will probably be shocked at the news of me entering this event.
“Riding over the Pennines will be a real challenge and entail some dramatic lifestyle changes!”
Gauntlet’s managing director Roger Gaunt said: “Our ethos at Gauntlet is to go the extra mile and we have Ed taking on this cycle ride and our director, Ian McCarron, tackling 12 physical challenges in 2015, in support of homeless charity, Simon on the Streets.
“Other members of the team have charity plans for 2015 and I am proud to see the team devoting their time and energy, in this way, to causes that they believe in, whilst raising vital funds for those causes.”
Anyone wishing to sponsor Edward Gent, who joined Gauntlet Group from Medical Protection Society earlier this year, can donate via his Just Giving page, www.justgiving.com/Edward-Gent1