FOUR colleagues from York-based housebuilder Persimmon are taking part in a charity bike ride in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Sustrans.

The employees plan to ride 80 miles with other people from the business community in the Carter Jonas Pedalthon charity ride, which takes place on May 22.

The Persimmon team, who all come from York, comprises of chief quantity surveyor Paul Saunders, senior quantity surveyor Simon Winship, design manager John Birkin and development co-ordinator Richard Hosie.

Mr Hosie said: “During the winter months you tend to not ride as much so right now we are training hard. We want to raise as much money as we can.”

The course begins at Ripley Castle, near Harrogate and then heads west into Wharfedale before heading towards Kidstones Bank and a tough two-mile climb. From the top it’s a quick descent into Wensleydale and then on to Masham before crossing the finish line in Ripley.

Sustrans is a UK charity working with communities, policy-makers and partner organisations enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport, while Yorkshire Air Ambulance provides a lifesaving rapid response emergency service to five million people across Yorkshire.