Recruitment boss uses pedal power to support local athletes

A business owner has been clocking up the miles to raise hundreds of pounds to help athletes access sport during the pandemic.

David Torrington, managing director of Derby-based Sky Recruitment Solutions, got in the saddle to ride 200 miles in aid of Derbyshire Institute of Sport’s (DIS) Derbados cycling challenge.

The 50-year-old completed the gruelling feat throughout last month, culminating in a cycle ride from his home in Shardlow to Bakewell and back last Tuesday, helping DIS to smash its £2,020 target.

The cycling event was arranged to raise money for DIS, which aims to generate funds so local athletes can be supported to reach their full potential, especially since, as a result of Covid-19, the organisation has had to introduce a charge to help athletes access sport.

The initiative has been encouraging people to ride a number of miles to raise various amounts of money, in exchange for incentives such as a Tour de France medal and Derbados certificate, a Derbados car sticker and a £10 HUUB voucher or a Derbados T-shirt.

David has been involved with the DIS for a number of years and took part in a Derbados Cycle Challenge with Dean Jackson, founder of wetsuit and triathlon kit specialists HUUB,  in Majorca last year, where the pair pedalled 200km.

They hoped to return to the sunshine isle to boost DIS coffers, but the Coronavirus scuppered their plans.

David, who completed his cycling feat in spite of a muscle injury, said: “The whole Derbados cycling challenge is all about encouraging people of all ages to get out and about and maintain their mental and physical health during the pandemic.

“I’m all for that - if someone said ‘you’re housebound and can’t go and cycle’, I think I would go mad. It’s a massive thing to keep fit and enjoy the mental and physical health benefits.”

Derbyshire Institute of Sport, which is led by managing director Chloe Maudsley, has been supporting ambitious local athletes since 2012, and many have reached the pinnacle of world class success, including the Olympics and Paralympics.

Chloe said: "With the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games just around the corner, we are working hard to support athletes to be at their very best and also inspire the next generation.  Through the support of companies like Sky Recruitment Solutions, we are able to offer our services at a reduced rate whilst maintaining world class quality and care." 

There is still time to donate - to do so, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/derbados-2020?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&rcid=f1a0f147cf654334aba91e01676dac30