A GROUP of female cyclists have completed a four-day challenge to raise funds for York Against Cancer.

The women met through Breeze Rides, which are women-only cycle outings led by female British Cycling-trained volunteers.

Kate-Mallender, one of the group, said: “We ‘cycling chicks’ were trained by Jess Walsh-Banks, our cycling mentor and ‘Mother Hen’ to take part in the four-day, 160-mile cycle ride with 11,000ft of hill climbing.

“We set off from Stamford Bridge to Scarborough then across to Whitby, up to Hutton-le-Hole and back to Stamford Bridge, taking in Rosedale Abbey, Hutton-le-Hole, Kirkbymoorside, Nunnington and Terrington.”

Kate added: “We are all exhausted but exhilarated too - what an experience. So far we have raised around £2,454 to £2,014 on the JustGiving page, £250 from Aviva, another cheque for £25 and there is approximately £165 cash to pay in.

“Hotel staff donated their tips, cafes donated money too, as well as the general public along the route.

“The money raised will go to York Against Cancer who support and care for patients and their families, making a difference to the lives of local people affected by cancer.”

Linden Quinlan, who lives in Malton and a member of the group who took part, said: “It was gruelling but great fun.

“Having had breast cancer two years ago and knowing lots of people who have had the disease, I wanted to do something special to help support those going through treatment and also their families and carers.

“York Against Cancer is a local charity supporting people in North East and South Yorkshire.”

Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so at justgiving.com/fundraising/kate-mallender1