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Rob cycles across 10 countries to raise more than £4,000 for PCRF

4 October 2014

In September 2014, Rob Savin, from Holmfirth, North Yorkshire, joined three friends to take part in an epic bike ride across Europe in memory of a cycling friend who died from pancreatic cancer.

Rob finished the Transcontinental Race from London to Istanbul in joint 22nd position, out of 86 competitors, after covering 3,540km across the UK, France, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia/ Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece and Turkey.
Rob Savin at Mount Lovcen in MontenegroRob Savin at Mount Lovcen in Montenegro

 Rob, an E-commerce manager at Leeds Building Society, completed the event in 12 days and 18 hours, riding an average of 285km a day, and the group has raised £4,200 for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund - including £400 in matched funding from Leeds Building Society.

The cyclists were riding in memory of their friend Simon Fenn, who died from pancreatic cancer in February 2012, aged 29.

Rob said: "The way Simon led his life, even up to the last few days, was truly inspirational. We did lots of cycling and racing with Simon and, shortly before he died, we talked about doing the 'Race across America' together when he got better. Unfortunately we didn't get this opportunity so, inspired by Simon, we decided to take part in the ride from London to Istanbul.

The route took Rob and his team further than the riders completed in the Tour de France, carrying all their own equipment - and they finished it in two thirds of the time. In total, they climbed over 36,000 metres, which is four times the height of Everest and braved temperatures ranging from extremes of -5 C to +53.4 C!

"It was an extremely emotional and inspirational experience, and we are delighted to have significantly beaten our fundraising target of £2,000 to raise £4,200 in total,” says Rob. “I'd also like to thank everyone who has sponsored us and Leeds Building Society for providing matched funding." 

PCRF's founder and Chief Executive, Maggie Blanks, said:
"Huge congratulations to Rob and the team for completing this challenge so impressively and many thanks to Leeds Building Society for its additional support.

"The money raised in Simon's memory will be used to fund world leading research projects across UK universities that will progress our understanding of this disease and progress new treatments that are desperately needed to tackle pancreatic cancer."

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