From Harrogate to Holyrood by pedal power

The team of cyclists after successfully completing their Harrogate to Holyrood bike ride. They are pictured with Holyrood Park's Salisbury Crag behind them.
The team of cyclists after successfully completing their Harrogate to Holyrood bike ride. They are pictured with Holyrood Park's Salisbury Crag behind them.
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A team of 19 amateur cyclists – some of whom only recently took up the pursuit – have successfully completed grueling ride from Harrogate to Holyrood.

This year’s Ride for the North team finished their 220-mile ride to Edinburgh despite weather warnings, torrential rain and flooding.

The team celebrate reaching the Scottish border.

The team celebrate reaching the Scottish border.

The team which has raised more than £15,000 for children’s charity, Barnardo’s, set off on their adventure from the courtyard of Ripley Castle, arriving in Edinburgh three and a half days later having cycled through stunning scenery along the way.

Sarah Bates from Farnley said: “The sense of achievement and satisfaction gained from physically challenging yourself and battling the elements alongside like-minded people with a common cause of raising funds for Barnardo’s is hard to beat – it was a thoroughly worthwhile and unforgettable experience.”

Will Easton from Avenue Street in Harrogate said the torrential rain hasn’t put him off and is planning on joining next year’s ride hopefully roping in family and work colleagues to join him: “It was truly awesome, challenging and awe-inspiring. I am desperate to ride the route again.”

Neil Braithwaite, who also took part in the ride, said the funds raised will help support the work of Barnardo’s, which transforms the lives of vulnerable children.

“Barnardo’s does fantastic work to bring out the best in every child, whatever their circumstances. It’s so important to have a good start in life – supporting Barnardo’s is a great way to ensure more children can get the start they really need.”

Julie Patmore from Birstwith, who organised the challenge, said: “Next year’s Ride for the North is planned for July 4 to 7. Places are limited. If you’re concerned about being fit enough it’s worth knowing that we had some complete beginners join us this year who did brilliantly so you will be able to do it provided you are prepared to train.”

Go to www.xceedevents.co.uk, email julie@xceedevents.co.uk or call 07803 037439.