The first sponsored cycle ride to raise money for Doncaster’s hospice has been hailed a ‘huge success’.
Almost 150 people took part in the St John’s Hospice Sportive, with the majority riding a 100-mile route which took them into Nottinghamshire and North Yorkshire, and the rest completing 65 miles.
It is hoped the event, which was part of the Get Doncaster Cycling festival and timed to coincide with the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in Yorkshire, will have raised more than £10,000 for the hospice’s development appeal.
The organisers said they had raised £4,125 from entry fees alone, which all goes to the appeal, and they are still to collect sponsorship raised by individual riders.
The youngest rider to complete the 100-mile course, was 10 years old and the oldest were in their sixties.
Both routes took riders through the cycling heartland of the rolling countryside around Doncaster and the event was fully supported with electronic timing, feed stations, mobile assistance and a goodie bag at the end.
Ian Jerams, organiser, said: “It’s been a huge success. We had great weather, just a bit windy, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
“A number of people had never cycled these distances before but excelled on the day by outstripping their personal targets.”
The fastest time for 100 miles was 5 hours 19 mins, with five cyclists coming over the finish line together, including father and son Roger and Jonathan Harvey, along with Hans Ektvedt, Nigel Cogley and Lee Birbeck.
Ross Jefferies completed the fastest time for 65 miles in three hours, 33 minutes.
Around 10 female riders took part, some of whom were riding with a large squad from the Cycle Supreme shop in Bennetthorpe.
Mel Hewitt, hospice community fundraiser, said: “It’s been an amazing event and a real privilege to be part of something so many people have obviously enjoyed.
“The feedback has been tremendous. Thank you to everyone for helping us raise so much for the hospice.”