Pedalthon riders to hit the road again in May 2015

Cyclists set off in torrential rain from Ripley Castle earlier this year.           Picture: Gary Longbottom
Cyclists set off in torrential rain from Ripley Castle earlier this year. Picture: Gary Longbottom
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THE Weather was kind when the Tour de France came to Yorkshire, but earlier in the year, an intrepid band of cyclists had to brave torrential rain as they raised money to save lives.

The heavens opened when the Carter Jonas Yorkshire Pedalthon set off on an epic journey around God’s Own County in May, but this failed to deter a team of 300 riders who were raising cash to support two local charities. Carter Jonas plans to make the pedalthon a regular event in the region, and the 2015 ride is scheduled to take place on May 8. It will raise funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Land Aid as a legacy event of the Grand Depart.

Teams from the Carter Jonas offices in Harrogate, Leeds, York and Boroughbridge took part in The Yorkshire Post-backed pedalthon, which raised £9,500 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which is enough to keep the helicopter in the air for a day. The pedalthon also raised £4,500 for sustainable transport charity Sustrans.

David Boulton and David Aspland, who are both partners at Carter Jonas, helped to plan the event. This year’s event was sponsored by Berwins Solicitors, Crowther Turnbull Booth and Earthmill. Supporters included Welcome to Yorkshire, Ripley Castle, Black Sheep Brewery, Heck Food, Yorkshire Provender, Brymor Ice Cream and Exquisite Handmade Cakes, English Heritage, Cycle Sense, CoStar Group and Ripon Land Rover.

For further details visit www.yorkshirepedalthon.co.uk