OVER 200 representatives from businesses around Yorkshire have raised just over £10,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice in Bradford by tackling the Wharfedale Ton 2017 cycling challenge.

The amateur cyclists took part in the 100-mile event, organised by Yorkshire law firm Gordons, Lloyds Bank, audit, tax and consulting firm RSM, and David Jockel of WTM (1217) Limited.

The event, which runs from Ilkley to York and back again, has grown in popularity since its launch in 2016, which saw 120 people take part and raise £7,000 for the charity.

Gordons partner and head of employment law, Philip Paget, said: “It was fantastic to see so many business people from around Yorkshire getting on their bikes to take on the challenge for such a great cause. We’re also very grateful to the support provided by local businesses in the organisation of the event, as without them the Wharfedale Ton would not be as successful as it is.

“I am very proud of all those who took part not only for their efforts during the ride but also those who donated so generously for such a good cause. The Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice provides a range of services for cancer sufferers and their families in Bradford and we are very happy to be able to support the hospice in this way.

“We had some great feedback from those who took part this year and we are already looking forward to next year, when we hope the event will continue to grow and attract even more participants and corporate sponsorship.”

After the challenge people were extremely complimentary about the organisation of the event, as well as the hospitality provided by Ilkley Rugby Club where the race started and finished.

Those who took part also praised the provision of pork pies kindly donated by Lishmans of Ilkley at the rest stop, which has become a stand out feature of the ride.

The specially designed ‘Wharfedale Ton’ route took in some of the most beautiful countryside Yorkshire has to offer, stretching across Wharfedale and around York.

Steven Hubbard, corporate finance partner at RSM, added: “The Wharfedale Ton was once again a pleasure to be involved in. The event’s success is testimony to the continued support of the business community and the growing popularity of cycling in Yorkshire, which is good to see.’

Additional support and sponsorship for the event was provided by Reed Boardall Group, Calder Conferences Limited, Arena Group, Advanced Supply Chain, Roberts Mart Group, Naylor Wintersgill, Craven Jewellers and G&M Legato.

For more information on the Wharfedale Ton route and sponsors visit http://www.gordonsllp.com/events/the-wharfedale-ton/.

Planning for the 2018 edition is already underway and the organisers have announced it will take place on Friday June 15, 2018.