Last updated: 07.11.16

Fiona in cycle marathon to support Marie Curie

Ilkley-based Virtual College has sponsored Fiona Sheen on a 100 mile bike ride to raise funds for Marie Curie.

Fiona cycled from Ilkley to Selby and back in memory of her father who died of cancer 18 months ago.

Fiona who works as a customer account manager at Ilkley online learning company, Virtual College, said: ”I started training in mid-March having had a ‘rest’ from cycling for 2 ½ years.

“The challenge on the day was quite tough but fitting in the training beforehand was perhaps the hardest part.

“I would train two to three times per week before work and at weekends mixing up length and speed with hill training.

“I was fortunate that on the day it was wonderfully sunny but there was a prevailing headwind in both directions. I managed to complete the 100 miles in 8 hours including lunch stops.”


Virtual College won the prestigious ‘E-learning development company of the year 2015/16’ in the independently-judged global awards. Virtual College has developed into one of the UK's leading providers of total solutions within the e-learning arena. Its key objective is to help enhance the traditional learning solution through the careful integration of technology.

Founded in 1995, today Virtual College has over 2 million registered online learners and this is growing at a rate of over 1,500 a day, across both public and private sectors. The company has developed a comprehensive product range, including over 300 online courses, accessed via the company's own Learning Management System, as well as offering a complete content design and development service.

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