Sheffield cyclists joined Barnsley-born former England cricketer Darren Gough on a 300-mile ride which raised £300,000 for charities.
The challenge, organised by Investec Wealth & Investment, which has offices in Sheffield, saw 29 cyclists from the city start at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester, with the team cycling to Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Edgbaston in Birmingham and Lord’s Cricket Ground in London before finishing at the Kia Oval, also in London - the five grounds that hosted the Ashes series in 2005.
Ex-cricketer Gough, aged 45, who grew up in Monk Bretton, tackled the ride in aid of youth cricket and disability sports charity, the Lord’s Taverners.
The former fast bowler, who was captain of the Yorkshire County cricket team, was joined on each leg of the challenge by 100 cyclists including fellow Yorkshire and England fast bowler, Tim Bresnan, former Tottenham Hotspur footballer, Matthew Etherington and Olympic diver Leon Taylor.
Together the cyclists raised over £200,000 for the Lord’s Taverners, helping to put at least five of the charity’s accessible minibuses on the road for special educational needs schools across the UK.
A further £100,000 is to be donated to local charities.
Gough said: “It’s been an absolutely great experience. For someone who hasn’t really been on a bike since he was a teenager, cycling over 300 miles in four days was a challenge and a half, but I’ve had a terrific time and hopefully we’ll reach our target to get five more Lord’s Taverners minibuses on the road.”
James Bedingfield, Senior Investment Director at the Sheffield office of Investec Wealth & Investment, who came up with the idea for the challenge, said: “This has been an exhilarating four days.
“We have had some amazing support and it fantastic that we have collectively raised over £250k for the Lord’s Taverners and other local charities.
“I would like to thank Darren Gough and all the other cyclists who took part, for their excellent fundraising efforts and support.
“It has been an unforgettable experience and the money raised will make a huge difference to some very worthy causes.”
To sponsor Darren Gough visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/darrengough2