An epic cycling challenge involving an East Yorkshire brewing couple got underway at the weekend.
On 16th April, a team of eight, including Wold Newton based Wold Top Brewery directors Tom and Gill Mellor embarked on the famous Lands End to John O'Groats cycle ride and hope to raise a considerable amount for Prostate UK and Breast Cancer Campaign along the way.
The team, comprising four men and four women whose average age is 50, plans to ride 80 miles a day and complete the challenging 1100 mile ride in only 14 days.
Gill, who will celebrate her 51st birthday during the ride, explained how the challenge came about; "Tom and some cycling friends decided that they'd like to tackle the Lands End to John O'Groats ride and, as we both hit 50 last year, the thought of doing something that might make us leaner and fitter whilst raising money for charity was very appealing!"
Tom continued; "We've been training by cycling over the Yorkshire Wolds and we're quietly confident that we can rise to the challenge of averaging 80 miles a day. The route and accommodation have been meticulously planned and we have a great support team so we're all really looking forward to raising lots of money for worthwhile charities."
The team comprises Tom and Gill, Dave and Sue Morgan from Kilham, George and Karen Hamilton from Driffield, Robin and Colette Freeman from Hutton Cranswick and friends who have been roped in to drive the support vehicle. The cyclists will be rewarded for their efforts with bottles of Wold Top beer that will also make their way the length of the country in the support vehicle!
All of the funds raised will be split equally between Prostate UK and Breast Cancer Campaign. If you would like to donate, please send a cheque made payable to Sue Morgan at Pockthorpe Hall, Pockthorpe, Kilham, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4SX or donate online at www.justgiving.com/notjustabikeridebreastcancer or www.justgiving.com/notjustabikerideprostate. You can follow the team's progress through the blog at www.woldtopbrewery.co.uk
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