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Cyclists take part in annual Heart Of York Bike Ride
CYCLISTS showed how much they care by riding up hill and down dale for charity in the annual Heart Of York Bike Ride.
More than 350 cyclists, including some who had suffered heart disease or lost loved ones to it, took part in two circular rides of 22 miles and 40 miles in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Organisers hope their efforts will beat last year’s fundraising total of £9,000.
Sharon Oakley, of the British Heart Foundation, said: “We have heard some lovely stories, such as people riding in memory of their mother or other loved one. It makes it all so meaningful for the volunteers.”
The cyclists were led by heart transplant patient and mother Wendy Lingham, from Clifton, who took on the longer 40-mile trek to and from the Howardian Hills including the ascent of Bulmer Bank.
She said: “When I bike for the BHF, I feel a sense of achievement knowing that I am giving something back for all the help and support I received. “I am raising awareness not only of the charity but of heart failure and organ donation.”
Bob Taylor, 55, of Fulford, also a heart patient, said he did not cycle regularly, but after doing the 22-mile flatter ride including Strensall Common last year, he completed the 40-mile ride this year.
“It was quite good fun. It’s a nice route and well marshalled.
“At Terrington, there was a strong side wind that was trying to push people off their bike – it was an interesting descent.”
The Lord Mayor of York and cyclist Coun Julie Gunnell also joined the riders on the event, which was organised by the BHF York fundraising committee with York St John University, the City of York Council, Just 30 and CycleStreet.
The ride was also part of the British Heart Foundation’s campaign to encourage people to cycle for a healthier heart and lifestyle.
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