Chief Exec’s cycling challenge in memory of Cllr Kieran Quinn

MAIN PICTURE: Tameside Council Chief Executive Steven Pleasant will be taking part in this year’s Fred Whitton cycling sportive (above) to raise funds in memory of former Tameside Council leader Cllr Kieran Quinn.

 

Tameside Council Chief Executive Steven Pleasant, MBE, has entered a gruelling cycling challenge to raise funds in memory of former borough council leader Cllr Kieran Quinn.

Steven will be tackling The Fred Whitton Challenge on May 13, a 112 mile cycling sportive around the Lake District.

Starting at Grasmere it takes in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes.

Steven explained: “It is seen as one of the hardest sportives in the country.

“You have the pleasure of attempting to ride up the 30 per cent Hardknott Pass, 80 miles into the course.”

The Fred Whitton Challenge is a charity cyclosportive event held annually in the Lake District. It is held in memory of Fred Whitton, racing secretary of the Lakes Road Club, who died of cancer at the age of 50 in 1998.

Steven is taking part in the event to raise money for Tameside Hospital’s critical care/high dependency unit – in memory of former Tameside Council leader Cllr Kieran Quinn.

He hopes to raise as much money as possible for the unit and anyone who would like to support his effort can visit http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Steven-Pleasant1

Cllr Quinn sadly passed away on Christmas Day after suffering a heart attack and donations to the unit in his memory are still being accepted by Tameside Hospital’s critical care/high dependency unit (fund no 719). Call 0161 922 6033 to pay by card or make cheques payable to Tameside and Glossop ICO FT. Quote fund 719 CCU/HDU in both cases to make a donation if you wish to do so.

For people who would like to record a personal tribute to Cllr Quinn, the book of condolence remains open online at http://public.tameside.gov.uk/forms/f2345CllrKieranQuinn.asp