Leeds GP cycling to help the city’s hospitals
18 July 2019
Leeds GP Dr David Richmond is on a mission - to cycle his way to fitness and raise funds for the city’s hospitals and its patients.
Dr Richmond is doing the UCI cycle race on 22 September with friend Nigel Ziff and is encouraging other GPs to follow suit and sign up for the big event and raise funds for the charity Leeds Cares which supports the city’s hospitals.
The UCI Road World Cycling Championships take place from the 22nd to 29th September with a series of routes across Yorkshire, and Leeds Cares is one of the official fundraising partners.
Dr Richmond, a 43-year-old GP at the Lingwell Croft Surgery in Middleton, Leeds admits he needs to lose some weight and says the cycle race will not only be a challenge but will help him to regain his full fitness.
He’s a keen cyclist having previously done the Tour de Yorkshire route along with long-distance fundraising cycle events from London to Leeds in a day and other rides from Leeds to Nottingham and Bridlington & back.
“I like cycling and try and do a sponsored ride each year,” said Dr Richmond. “Leeds Cares is a great charity that is really helping to improve the experiences of patients & their relatives at Leeds Teaching Hospitals”
Dr Richmond, who also does shifts in accident and emergency at St James’s and Leeds General Infirmary in between his GP work, says cycling:
- helps with weight loss
- allows you to see the lovely Yorkshire countryside
- is a good social pastime
- aids fitness without putting pressure on your joints
Dr Richmond is being joined by Leeds man Nigel Ziff, an experienced cyclist, and both are encouraging others to join the fund raising for Leeds Cares. Both Mr Ziff and Dr Richmond have cycled together for charity before, completing a 210 mile London to Leeds ride last year in 15 hours.
Mr Ziff, 55, who runs his own online pet business, says cycling is a great team sport. “Cycling together means you can support and motivate each other - which David and I will be doing. It’s particularly important when the going gets tough,” he said.
- There are still places available at the event on 22-29 September with official fundraising partner Leeds Cares. A £50 deposit allows you to sign up to take part in the UCI Official Sportive and raise funds for Leeds Teaching Hospitals. For more details please go to leeds-cares.org/uci or call 0113 206 8950.
Dr David Richmond (left) with fellow cyclist Nigel Ziff.