Sheffield Tour rides raise £8,000

Some of the cyclists who gathered in Hallam Square, Sheffield, to ride between Sheffield Hallam University's two campuses as part of a fundraising effort.
Some of the cyclists who gathered in Hallam Square, Sheffield, to ride between Sheffield Hallam University's two campuses as part of a fundraising effort.
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A sea of cyclists filled Sheffield as they saddled up for a cross-city ride to raise cash for good causes.

More than 100 staff and students from Sheffield Hallam University rode from the city centre campus to the collegiate campus off Ecclesall Road to promote safe cycling and encourage more people to use two wheels.

Some of the cyclists who gathered in Hallam Square, Sheffield, on Friday (27 June 2014), to ride between Hallam University's two campuses as part of a fundraising effort.

Some of the cyclists who gathered in Hallam Square, Sheffield, on Friday (27 June 2014), to ride between Hallam University's two campuses as part of a fundraising effort.

The event was also part of the university’s mission to raise £10,000 for a new initiative that will provide bursaries to help transform the lives of students who have been in care.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Philip Jones and a dozen members of the university union’s cycling society rode the second stage of the Tour from York to Sheffield, a 200K trip over 10 hours, on Sunday.

Money raised from the rides, as well as a ‘wear it yellow’ day on Friday, will also boost official Tour charity Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Professor Jones said: “It was, as I predicted, a hard ride. It’s a long way and there are some tough hills.

Some of the cyclists who gathered in Hallam Square, Sheffield, on Friday (27 June 2014), to ride between Hallam University's two campuses as part of a fundraising effort.

Some of the cyclists who gathered in Hallam Square, Sheffield, on Friday (27 June 2014), to ride between Hallam University's two campuses as part of a fundraising effort.

“But it was a great day out with beautiful, incredible scenery and great people cheering us on. There were signs everywhere of how the Tour has captured the imagination of communities along its route.

“We’ve had 250 donations and are just short of £8,000. Donations are still coming in, so thank you to all who’ve sent messages of support and donated.”

To sponsor the team visit www.shu.ac.uk/letour

Some of the cyclists who gathered in Hallam Square, Sheffield, on Friday (27 June 2014), to ride between Hallam University's two campuses as part of a fundraising effort.

Some of the cyclists who gathered in Hallam Square, Sheffield, on Friday (27 June 2014), to ride between Hallam University's two campuses as part of a fundraising effort.