Theakston sponsored cycle ride raises thousands for local charities

An annual charity bike ride – sponsored by Masham brewery T&R Theakston Ltd – has again raised thousands of pounds for good causes.

The tenth annual Lower Dales Bike Ride, which follows a 13-pub, 26-mile circular route through the heart of North Yorkshire, attracted 57 cyclists, who, between them, secured a total of £4,109 in sponsorship money.

Organised again by Chris Wade, landlord of the Milbank Arms at Well, near Ripon, this year’s figure was £900 more than that raised last year. Over the past decade more than £40,000 has been presented to various organisations in the region.

At a ceremony held at Theakston’s visitor centre, representatives from Yorkshire Cancer Research, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Macmillan Nurses, ITU Friarage, Brain Tumour UK and Yorkshire Children’s Trust were on hand to receive their donations.

Chris said: “I’m delighted with the amount we raised this year and would like to thank all those who helped to make the day such a success.

“In particular, I’d like to pay tribute to Theakston’s for again sponsoring this annual charity bike ride and for staging the presentation evening. Without their ongoing support, and that of the various hostelries on the route, it wouldn’t be the great day that it always is! 

“In addition to being fun and not an actual race, it raises valuable funds for a host of charities, chosen by the riders themselves.” 

In reply, Simon Theakston, executive director of T&R Theakston Ltd, said: “The Lower Dales Bike Ride is very much part of our annual calendar of events.

“We are always keen to do what we can to support charitable activities in our locality, and, apart from raising large sums of money to support many good causes, the Lower Dales Bike Ride is always great fun.

“One of the most enjoyable moments of the ride is crossing the finishing line when  participants are handed a pint of well-deserved Theakston’s ale, which always goes down particularly well.”

T&R Theakston Ltd executive director, Simon Theakston (third left) is pictured with Carol Robertson from Yorkshire Brain Tumour UK, Louise Robinson from Yorkshire Cancer Research, Sarah Thompson and Simon Widdop from Yorkshire Children’s Trust, Michaela Ryder from Macmillan Nurses, Helen Gowans from Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Carol Catterick from ITU Friarage

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