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Cyclists smash cash target on bike ride
A GROUP of cyclists have tripled their fundraising target for Ryedale Special Families by completing the Way of the Roses bike ride in one day.
The 15 members of Team McClarrons rode coast to coast from Morecombe to Bridlington, a total of 170 miles in 10 hours and 30 minutes.
Their aim was to raise £3,000 but have so far raised £8,883 for the charity.
Organiser Darren Felgate said he would like to thank to everyone involved with the ride.
“In particular my employers, Malton-based insurance brokers McClarrons Ltd for the kind sponsorship of the Team McClarrons’ jerseys, Big Bear Bikes of Pickering for the use of their van to transport the bikes and luggage and to Ryedale Special Families for the use of their minibus to transport the riders,” he said.
“Also, I would like to express my thanks to the individuals and local businesses such as Neaco, Inturf and Townsend Harrison Ltd who kindly sponsored Team McClarrons and helped us smash our sponsorship target and raise so much money for such a great and worthy local charity.”
Darren said on the day the group were supported by Tim Davies and Jamie Strangeway, both members of the Malton Wheelers Road Club, who took the helm of the support vehicle and provided refreshments along the way at various pre-determined checkpoints.
“Finally, my thanks to Paul Hickman for driving the minibus and to the team of 15 riders for putting in the training before the ride and therefore ensuring that everybody was able to complete the ride and enjoy the day,” he said.
Sean McClarron, director of McClarrons Ltd, said: “We are delighted that Team McClarrons completed this very challenging bike ride to raise an incredible amount for a very worthwhile charity.”
Rob Davies, funding co-ordinator of Ryedale Special Families, said they were astounded when they heard how much the group had raised.
“Well done to every single one of you, it is a phenomenal achievement and one for which we are extremely grateful,” he said.
“The money will be used towards the funding of our family activities programme which comprises 25 sessions per year, designed for families to have for fun but also to help develop mutual support between different groups of parents.
“It will also contribute towards the running of our weekly youth group which caters for up to 40 members aged between 13 and 23.”
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