City cycling duo rode for Jo Cox

RIDE: Wakefield Triathlon Club members Steve Wilson and Claudia Thompson were on The Jo Cox Way ride.
RIDE: Wakefield Triathlon Club members Steve Wilson and Claudia Thompson were on The Jo Cox Way ride.

A bike ride celebrating the life of murdered MP Jo Cox has journeyed through Wakefield.

The Jo Cox Way began in the late MPs constituency of Batley and Spen on June 25 and ended 282 miles later in London.

The event, which celebrated Jo’s zest for life and passion for people and communities, rode through Horbury Bridge on the first day where Wakefield Triathlon Club members Steve Wilson and Claudia Thompson, joined the stage to Great Longstone, Derbyshire.

Jo Cox’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, was also among the field of cyclists who pedalled from West Yorkshire to London over five days. The ride also highlighted those who have been struck by acts of terror and tragedy.

Kim said: “The bike ride is an opportunity to focus on the resilience of communities when horrific things happen such as Jo’s murder, the terror attack at London’s Borough Market and the tragedy at Grenfell Tower. These horrendous circumstances have a way of making people pull together to work for the common good.”

The riders were greeted by greeted by members of community support groups from Grenfell Tower and Borough Market on arrival in Southwalk, London on July 29.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief Sir Gary Verity, who launched the ride at Cleckheaton, said: “Jo’s legacy is one that continues to inspire people right across the country. Undertaking a ride like this, which brings communities together and promotes healthy living, kindness and tolerance, is a wholly fitting tribute.”

The Jo Cox Way also raised the profile of the Jo Cox Foundation and the More in Common movement. The ride was the brainchild of businessman Sarfraz Mian.