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Record-breaking ride raises £17,000 for Ryedale Special Families
AN annual cycle challenge in aid of Ryedale Special Families has broken all records.
The Wolds Cycle Challenge saw the highest number of entries since its launch in 2011, and raised £17,000 for the charity.
Held in July, the event saw 140 cyclists leave Norton College on their two-day “challenge” to cycle the 144 miles of the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route.
The half-way point was Hutton Cranswick Sports Association playing fields where the riders pitched their tents for the night and enjoyed a barbecue and Wold Top Brewery’s special “Hello Velo!” brew, with live music provided by the Nick Rook Band.
As in previous years, the participants were a real cross section of cyclists of all ages and abilities.
One third of the 140 entries had taken part in previous years, and there were a couple of larger groups, including a team of 11 from Rillington-based Ellis Patents, who decided to introduce a “Cycle to Work” scheme for their employees last January and then trained together for the challenge, as a team-building exercise.
There were also a number of people who had not cycled for many years and made a New Year’s resolution pledge in January to get fit and take part.
One of these was Fiona McBeath, who along with her husband Andrew and friends Yvonne and Andy Slack took up the challenge and raised £3,500 in sponsorship between them.
Rob Davies, co-ordinator of Ryedale Special Families Funding, said: “We’re completely overwhelmed by the total amount raised. It is way beyond our expectations and we’d like to thank every single rider who took part.
“There are lots of people involved behind the scenes too, without whom the event just couldn’t happen and I’d particularly like to thank the organisers Scoot Cycling Holidays, as well as our sponsors, Bannisters Farm, Big Bear Bikes, Escada Systems, Inntravel and Wold Top Brewery.
“This is our third running of the event and we really feel we’ve established something special within the local cycling calendar.
“The interest in cycling next year is going to grow still further with the build-up to the Tour de France and we’re already looking forward to running our very own “Tour de Wolds.”
Next year’s Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13.
Entry, which includes meals and luggage transfer is just £30 per person, plus a commitment to raise a minimum of £50 for Ryedale Special Families.
Full details can be found on the website: www.yorkshirewoldscyclechallenge.org.uk
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