Cycle ride set to raise funds for cancer research

Fundraisers are set to get into gear on Sunday for the 16th Wetherby Cycle Ride.

The event, which will follow 20 and 30 mile routes around the area, is set to wheel in money to aid cancer research into using a viral attack on the cancer cells, conducted by Professor Alan Melcher at St James Hospital.

Backing the ride through sponsorship is Tadcaster and Boston Spa-based cycle retailer Cyclesense.

Owner David Stainthorpe said: “We sponsor the event because we want to ensure that it attracts new cyclists and old faithfuls to a really well organised journey through gorgeous Yorkshire scenery right on the doorstep, at the same time ensuring that all the money raised goes to Cancer Research UK with no deductions for running costs.”

Last year nearly 200 people took part in the event and raised almost £3,500 for the charity to support the research into using common viruses to destroy cancer cells.

Sunday’s ride will start at 10.30am and the two rides push off from the end of the car park at the High School on Hallfield Lane in Wetherby.

Jeff Newton, who organises the event with his wife Ann, said: “Most of the routes are on quiet roads and cycle paths over flat terrain with an occasional gentle hill.

“The routes are suitable for cyclists of all abilities and are open to adults, children from the age of 12 years and accompanied younger children.”

The entry fees are £8 for adults, £4.50 for children and £19.50 for families (maximum four people).

Registration and sponsorship forms from: Ann Newton, 01937 841470, Email: or visit: