John Dalton 250th Anniversary Sportive

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:46:00 BST

A team of staff and students from the University's Dalton Nuclear Institute and its Dalton Cumbrian Facility are cycling 143 miles from Cumbria to Manchester on 7&8 July to celebrate the life and achievements of John Dalton and raise money for the Stroke Association.

The Dalton Anniversary Sportive marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Dalton Nuclear Institute’s eponym John Dalton, pioneer of modern atomic theory. The route starts at Dalton Cumbrian Facility and finishes at Dalton Nuclear Institute, tracing Dalton’s own journey from his upbringing and education in West Cumbria to his residency and remarkable research achievements in Manchester, via his birthplace and the schools at which he taught in Pardshaw and Kendal.

Alongside the opportunity to highlight some of the current research activities of Dalton Nuclear Institute, another key benefit of undertaking this challenge is to strengthen the team, build relationships, develop skills and put a focus on health and wellbeing.

‘Team Dalton’ are fundraising for the Stroke Association because John Dalton continued his research despite suffering from strokes during his later years, the second of which left him with a speech impairment. Stroke is a condition that affects many families from every walk of life and is a cause important to all of us.

Please consider donating. The team are aiming to raise £1,000 and every little helps.

You can follow @DaltonNuclear and @DCF_News on twitter using the hashtags #TeamDalton #JohnDalton and #250yrs to find out how the team is doing.