A TEAM of amateur cyclists have raised more than £10,000 in a coast to coast ride that spanned 180 miles.
The 15 bikers from South Elmsall completed the route in just three days in April from St Bees Head, in Cumbria on the Western Coast, to Robin Hoods Bay, in North Yorkshire on the East coast.
The route included taking on the notoriously dangerous Hardknott Pass, in the Lake District, on the first day.
The challenge raised £10,700 for Yorkshire Cancer Research and taking part in the ride were Ben Hancock, who suffers with cystic fibrosis, and his father-in-law Mark Cunnington, who rode shortly after a course of chemotherapy.
Mr Hancock, 32, said: “The route should have taken five days but we did it in three.
“We only started training at the beginning of the year so it was a big challenge - everyone was quite emotional when we got to the end, we were all hugging we couldn’t believe what we had achieved. We can’t believe how much we’ve raised, it’s great.”
Mr Hancock thanked Jeff Broad and Gordon Siers who drove alongside them in a mini bus, and everyone that donated sponsorship and equipment for the challenge.
He also thanked J&D Transmission Services Ltd, Jim Murgatroyed Personal Trainer, AJS Embroidery & Print, Minsthorpe Sport & Fitness, Strategic Team Group, Dons Cycles, Orange Grove Fruit & Veg, Orchard Croft Medical Centre and The co-op Pharmacy.
The riders that took part were Chris Strutt, Daniel Strutt, Laura Renolds, John Hanock, Jason Dale, Ben Hancock, Mark Cunnington, Andy France, Jim Murgatroyd, Tim Reynolds, Jeff Broad, Gordon Siers, Sarah Renolds, Katie Hancock and Paul Clarkson.