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Scientists in ride for Dr Phil
8:00am Sunday 18th August 2013 in Local news
Cancer scientists will swap the lab for the Dales when they take part in a gruelling bike ride in memory of a close colleague and friend.
The seven researchers, who are all based in the Brenner Building at St James’s Hospital, decided to sign up for Yorkshire Cancer Research’s flagship event – The Dales Rider – after losing their good friend Dr Phil Robinson to cancer last year.
Dr Robinson, Reader in Molecular Medicine, was a widely known and universally popular member of the university staff and supported many students and colleagues through difficult times. He pioneered new research techniques and his work contributed to more than 90 publications.
Dr Ewan Morrison said: “Dr Robinson was unstinting in his kindness and willingness to help his colleagues and he is sadly missed. Phil was a proud Yorkshireman who loved the Dales. He received funding from Yorkshire Cancer Research, so raising money for the charity by entering The Dales Rider is a good way of celebrating his life.”
Dr Jacquie Bond, Dr Heather Martin and Dr Victoria Cookson – dubbed ‘The Cell Cyclers’ – will take on the 26-mile challenger course, while Professor Chris Inglehearn, Professor Colin Johnson, Dr Matt Adams and Dr Morrison – ‘The Cyclepaths’ – will complete the 65-mile gear grinder route.
Both routes leave from Ilkley Cricket Club and take in some of Yorkshire’s most stunning countryside and landmarks.
Dr Morrison added: “None of us could honestly be described as cyclists so we’re looking forward to the challenge!
“The Cyclepaths are four men of average fitness, none of whom will see 40 again.
“We’re sure the prospect of seeing us all donning lycra and attempting to cycle up hill and down Dale would have amused Phil enormously.”
To sign up for The Dales Rider, which takes place on September 1 and is supported by official partner JD Cycles and Outdoor, visit ycr.org.uk/thedalesrider or call the events team on (01423) 877210.
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