LONDON The Premier Farnell-sponsored Great Yorkshire Bike Ride saw participants persevere through rain and cold to raise an estimated £100,000 for UK charities. The distributor also fielded a team of fourteen including a pair on a tandem.
Over the last 21 years the event has raised more than £1 million, with last year's total alone standing at just under £100,000. The annual 70 mile ride from Wetherby to Filey benefits many charitable organisations, both regionally and nationally.
John Taylorson MBE, who organised the event, said, “The demand for places on this limited entry event far outstripped demand again this year – regrettably, we had to turn away over 500 entrants.”
Premier Farnell company lawyer, Dorcas Murray and her father, Ian, (pictured below) were the last to leave the start on their tandem and then suffered a collapsed wheel and flat tyre in the first half hour. Undeterred, they carried out their own repairs and arrived at the finish in good spirits – if a little cold!