Swindon cyclist completes charity bike ride in memory of his daughter

By Claire Dukes - 9 August 2018


A 29-year-old Sales Manager from Swindon has completed the 680 mile Action Medical Research London-Geneva charity bike ride.

Dan Sinclair set off from London on 25 July with three work colleagues to tackle the first leg of his challenge: cycling from London to Paris.

Having arrived in the French capital on Saturday 28 July, he then continued towards Geneva before returning home on Friday 3 August.

Dan said: “It was fantastic but the scorching temperatures made things difficult at times. It often went above 40C and so staying hydrated was key. That and lots of suntan lotion.

“The lads and I from ‘Cross Street Garage’ all had a great time and enjoyed the French trip; I’ve actually done that ride for Action once before and so I wanted to push myself that bit further.”

Dan has set himself the challenge of raising £20,000 by completing four physical challenges in 2018 for Action Medical Research.

He’s fundraising in memory of his baby daughter Scarlett: Dan said: “My partner Emma and I were blessed with twin girls around five years ago. Both Millie and Scarlett were born with Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).

“I had never heard of the condition, but when it affects your little ones you quickly learn.

“Sadly Scarlett passed away. We were absolutely devastated.”

Having completed the Trek the Night: Cotswold Way (www.action.org.uk/trek-night-cotswold-way) ‘London to Paris’ and ‘Paris to Geneva’ challenges, only one more stands in his way: the Race The Sun: Lake District (www.action.org.uk/race-sun) in September.

Action’s Head of Events, Emma Morgan, said: “Dan is one of our most passionate supporters and we are so grateful for everything that he is doing to not only raise funds but also awareness of Action.

“We’re so pleased he enjoyed the London to Geneva bike ride and look forward to seeing him in the Lake District for his fourth and final challenge!”

Action is a UK-wide children’s charity which funds desperately needed research to tackle the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children. It has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952 including helping to introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK, developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and testing the rubella vaccine.

The charity is currently funding research into areas including premature birth, epilepsy, asthma, scarlet fever, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and some rare and distressing conditions. 

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