I’ve been known to push people up hills and I know

Riders gear up for epic cycle challenge

## ## We’re the first university ever to have entered a team in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain a 969 mile and nine day cycle challenge from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Starting on 5 September, the team which includes staff from right across our University, will saddle up for this epic cycle challenge.

More than 10 million people in the UK have some level of hearing loss and that’s why our team, known as Sheffield University Fundraising For ‘Earing Research team or Team SUFFER , is raising money for deafness research.

“I just thought it would be a great thing for the University to do bringing together staff, students and alumni, having fun and raising funds for deafness research at our University,” says team captain, Professor Tony Ryan OBE, Pro Vice Chancellor for Science.

“I’ll always have Jelly Babies in my pockets and I normally have a smile on my face. I’ve been known to push people up hills and I know I’ll also be in need of help sometimes. We’re all in it together and need to help each other. There will always be something to eat just around the corner that’s what keeps you going!” he added.

Dr Rachel Horn, a former triathlete and Director of Teaching Deputy Head of Department in Civil and Structural Engineering, is one of four women taking part.

“My interest was sparked on two fronts: hearing loss and the endurance challenge,” she said.

“Over the past few years, my partner has suffered from severe tinnitus and is now deaf in one ear, so I’m aware of some of the frustrations and impacts associated with hearing loss. As for cycling across Britain, I am always up for a challenge!” she added.

As well as generous financial donations from individuals and corporate sponsors, our riders can look forward to an altogether different sort of support from Debbie Beaumont Thomas in the Alumni team. Debbie and her husband plan to fuel the team with flapjacks as their journey back from a holiday in Cornwall takes them close to the cycle route.

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