Fundraise? On yer bike!

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A TEAM of workmates saddled up for a biking mission around the region in the hope of raising hundreds.

The foursome from Co-op on Pocklington’s High Street chose pedal power as a method of pulling in the pounds for the company’s chosen charity of the year, Mencap.

They planned a route which took them from Pocklington to Burnby, Hayton, Bielby, Seaton Ross, Melbourne, Sutton-on-Derwent, Newton-on-Derwent, Wilberfoss, Fangfoss, Yapham, and Meltonby before returning to Pocklington.

Completing the 28-mile task in around six-and-a-half hours on Good Friday, the lads admit they stopped off for the odd refreshment at some of the village pubs along the way to stave off the sweltering heat.

Co-op worker Will Cook said: “It was ourselves who planned it and it was a really good day out. It wasn’t that tough really, we were just steady away. It was a warm day but it was really enjoyable.”

One of the riders, Paul Wright, completed the challenge on a wheelchair bike. The 23-year-old had suffered spinal injuries several years ago after being knocked off his moped but was determined to complete the route on his adapted bike.

However, it was mechanical failures that threatened to wreck their hopes, after the brakes on Paul’s bike seized up and one or two punctures plagued them. But the group were joined by Andy Thorpe from Wheelies bike shop on the A1079, who was on hand to fix them.

Will added: “It was lucky we had him there with us!”

The lads have so far raised over £600 but are welcoming further contributions, which can be dropped off at the small Co-op store in the town centre.