VIDEO: Bike ride hubby and pals raise £4,000 after wife's cancer battle

Big hearted Barnsley biker Wayne Hanson and pals are riding high in the saddle today after their 170-mile cycle ride raised £4,000 following wife Caroline's cancer battle.

The Way of the Roses coast-to-coast challenge took them three days to bike from Morecambe Bay to Bridlington.

Dad of two Wayne and his cycling friends - Martyn Guest, Jeremy Egan, Mark McKenning and Dave Moss - collected money along route, received donations online and had a raffle to celebrate crossing the finishing line.

Money will go to Breast Cancer Care and Little Foxes, a charity that helps people in Barnsley affected by cancer.

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Wayne, aged 44, decided to get on his bike and encouraged four friends to join him after the help and support given to his wife during her fight with breast cancer.

Caroline, 42, was diagnosed in August last year. The lump was removed within a week but she went through preventative chemotherapy and radiotherapy in the subsequent weeks at Sheffield's Weston Park Hospital.

Her husband first had the idea to do a coast-to-coast bike ride four years ago but his wife's treatment prompted him to make it happen.

They completed it in three stages, starting with a first day 50-mile ride from Morecambe to Grassington, then a day two 60-mile stretch to York and, finally, another 60 miles to complete day three in Bridlington.

Wayne, a clinical supervisor for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “It’s just a rollercoaster ride of emotions from day one. Nobody ever wants to be sat in the doctors office and have to hear them words saying 'unfortunately it’s cancer'.

Proud Caroline Hanson with husband Wayne after he and pals raised 4,000 with a 170-mile bike ride for cancer charities

Proud Caroline Hanson with husband Wayne after he and pals raised 4,000 with a 170-mile bike ride for cancer charities

“Thankfully for us it’s been a good result. Caroline noticed it early and as a family we’ve got through it all.”

He said of the charity bike ride: “It was phenomenal from start to finish. Every day was different with varying landscapes and challenges and all five of us just continued riding and putting the world to rights as we went along.

“It’s really important to raise as much awareness as we can for these charities and to encourage women to get checks. Hopefully there will be a cure one day."

Caroline, overwhelmed by the response to the bike ride, added: “The generosity of people is humbling. The fact that they’ve done it for Breast Cancer Care, which has touched us, is brilliant and if it raises awareness, all the better.”

Wayne Hanson and pals raised4,000 with 170-mile charity bike ride

Wayne Hanson and pals raised4,000 with 170-mile charity bike ride

No looking back - Barnsley bikers on their 170-mile trek for cancer charities

No looking back - Barnsley bikers on their 170-mile trek for cancer charities