Organisers celebrate a wheely good event

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Organisers of this year’s Wetherby Cycle Ride have declared the event a success after 268 took part.

Jeff Newton, who staged the 16th annual event with his wife Ann, said early indications are that about £5,500 was raised for cancer research.

9th June 2013. The 16th annual Wetherby Cycle Ride, raising money for Cancer Research UK. Pictured Five-year-old Emily Kilvington from Boston Spa.

9th June 2013. The 16th annual Wetherby Cycle Ride, raising money for Cancer Research UK. Pictured Five-year-old Emily Kilvington from Boston Spa.

“The weather was very kind to us, the morning and early afternoon were dry, cloudy and cool, ideal for cycling.

“There were lots of positive and encouraging comments from participants.”

Of the 268 cyclists, over 100 entered on the day and they set out from Wetherby High School on one of two routes - 20 or 30 miles - around the area. Last year the event raised over £3,400 and this year’s funds will go to support Professor Alan Melcher’s research at St James’s Hospital in Leeds.

Jeff added: “We would like to thank everyone who took part in support of the cause and Cyclesense of Tadcaster, who pay all the costs.

“This means that all the money paid by participants either in entry fees or sponsorship goes directly to Cancer Research UK, supporting Professor Alan Melcher and his team in their work in St James’s Hospital in Leeds.

“We would also like to thank our family, neighbours, friends and supporters who marshalled the event, Askham Richard village hall, Central Garage in Boston Spa, Wetherby Lions, St John Ambulance, Thorp Arch Trading Estate and Wetherby High School.”

Pictures by: Jonathan Gawthorpe.