In the saddle for worthy causes

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employees from building firm Kier Sheffield have taken up a cycle challenge to raise money for local charities.

In a follow-up event to their sponsored team cycle challenge last year, the fundraisers are aiming to match or exceed the 874 miles they travelled from Lands End to John O‘Groats.

The annual test of fitness and determination started in 2009 when a team from Kier cycled from Sheffield to Cleethorpes.

In 2010, they went even further cycling coast to coast from Cumbria to North Yorkshire following the Wainwright Walk, before last year’s epic task.

Over the last three years, almost £13,000 has been raised for good causes.

This year Kier Sheffield had a sponsored cycle challenge re-match at Ponds Forge, where the objective was to exceed the mileage from John O’Groats to Lands End within a five-hour period - but on exercise bikes, with trophies going to the team and individuals with the most mileage clocked on their bike.

Money raised will be shared between the local charities Kier Sheffield has supported in the past – Bluebell Wood Hospice, Motor Neurone Disease Association and Lane End Farm Trust – and three additional organisations.

Extra beneficiaries are Darnall Dementia Group, Whirlow Hall Farm trust and The Kier Foundation whose charity partner is Barnardo’s.