Mark’s mates hop on their bikes for funds

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A Sheffield Yorkshire Water employee, who lost his battle with cancer last Christmas, was the inspiration for a charity cycle ride which raised a staggering £10,000 for two local charities

Fifteen friends and colleagues of Mark Jenkinson, who was 33 when he died, cycled around ten Yorkshire football league clubs to raise vital funds in his memory, which will be split between St Luke’s Hospice and Cancer Research.

The riders started their challenge at Sheffield United Football Club and rode 228 miles over three days, stopping off at football clubs including; Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley, Huddersfield, Bradford, Leeds, York, Hull, Doncaster and Rotherham.

Lee Pinder, who worked at Yorkshire Water with Mark and co-organised the event, said: “Quite a few of us were novices and had only started cycling earlier this year so it was tough but everyone enjoyed the ride and finished the challenge.”

Colleague and co-organiser Nigel Robinson said: “It’s great to raise this money in memory of our friend Mark, a top bloke who is missed by us all. We’ve decided to make this an annual challenge for Mark.”