Cancer charity benefits from Dr David Crichton’s epic ride

Dr David Crichton thanks all supporters following his epic bike ride

Dr David Crichton, a Bentley GP and Chair of NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group is thanking generous supporters who helped him raise thousands of pounds for a good cause by completing the hardest physical challenge of his life.

In September, Dr Crichton, successfully completed this year’s Deloitte Ride Across Britain – a muscle-sapping cycle event from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.

The 47-year-old former military doctor covered a staggering 981 miles across three countries in just nine days, raising £6,061 in sponsorship for Cancer Research UK, the charity that’s close to his heart with three work colleagues currently being treated and three of his grandparents dying from cancer.

Dr Crichton averaged 109 miles a day in the saddle as he pedalled his way from the tip of Cornwall to the top of Scotland, with the journey taking him just 65 hours of cycling, averaging 15 miles an hour.

In the last 12 months he notched up some 5,300 miles and burned off around 160,000 calories in training for and completing the ride – the equivalent of cycling from Doncaster to Los Angeles, California.

Reflecting on his epic journey, Dr Crichton, who lives in York with his GP partner Dr Vanessa Barrett, said: “I was inspired to take part in the Ride after meeting a man last year who had completed it to mark his 70th birthday. As a doctor I have a special interest in cancer care, I’m actively involved in trying to improve services for people living in South Yorkshire and neighbouring areas as well as being a former Macmillan GP.

“Cycling has been a favourite pastime since a young age and has been a great way of enabling me to enjoy the great outdoors.  I decided this was an ideal way of combining my love of cycling with my passion for helping to bring a cure for cancer a little closer.

“I can’t say that it was an easy ride, physically it took its toll and mentally challenged me. There were times on the penultimate day when the wind and bitter cold and accumulative exhaustion made me wonder if I would complete the day. But I had come too far to give up and the generous support of all the people who were backing me, and thoughts of grandparents, helped keep me going to the finish line where my partner Vanessa was waiting.”

Dr Crichton is pictured handing over a cheque to Andrea Day, Cancer Research UK’s Local Fundraising Manager, who said: “It has been a real honour working with David. From the offset he took this challenge very seriously and was determined to make it happen, whilst raising cancer awareness and much needed funds. His determination paid off with so much support from people in Doncaster and further afield. 

“What he has raised is incredible and testament to David and his determination to complete this mammoth challenge. We can only do our life saving research because of inspiring supporters like him. Today 50 per cent of people survive a cancer diagnosis but we’re determined to improve this to 75 per cent by 2034. On behalf of us all at Cancer Research UK we would like to say a huge thank you!”

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