The Wharfedale Ton

In 2016, Gordons partner and head of employment, Phil Paget, had the idea of creating a 100-mile charity cycling event involving professionals riding through beautiful Yorkshire countryside. From that initial thought, the hugely successful Wharfedale Ton was born.

Organised by Gordons with support from Lloyds Bank and audit, tax and consulting firm RSM, the first cycle ride across Wharfedale to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice in Bradford took place in June that year.

Chain reaction

In that inaugural year, 120 riders cycled a magnificent scenic route, stretching across Wharfedale from Ilkley to York and back again, and raised £6,907.

Phil Paget said: “It’s 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 rides, 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.”

Following the success of the inaugural event, when the second Wharfedale Ton was held in June 2017 a total of 200 riders took part who almost doubled the proceeds raised for the hospice to £12,617.

In June 2018 the event was repeated and the number rose to 250 riders and the total raised over the 3 years eclipsed £31,000.

Due to the great feedback from those who have taken part previously, the Wharfedale Ton is now a staple of the corporate cycling calendar and remains one of only 2 where all of the entry fee goes to the chosen charity. This is thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsorship which enables the event to cover all its costs without recourse to rider entry fees.

Our sponsors include:

Gordons, RSM, Lloyds Bank, Calder World of Travel, Naylor Wintersgill, Lishmans, Craven Jewellers, PIB Insurance Brokers, Roberts Mart & Co, Reed Boardall, Arena Group, Advanced Supply Chain, Brook-Dobson Brear Limited, Melrose Textile Co Ltd, Thorpe Mill Limited


Wheels in motion

Phil is already looking to forward to 2020, when he hopes the Wharfedale Ton will continue to grow and attract more participants and corporate sponsorship.

Entrants are invited to ride alone, in pairs or in groups, with many taking part who have never ridden the 100-mile distance before. It takes an average of six to eight hours to complete the challenge, after which all participants rest their limbs and join each other for some food and drink in Ilkley.

How to enter

The 2020 Wharfedale Ton will be held on Friday 12 June. Your riding team can be as big or small as you like – and don’t worry, even if you enter alone you will quickly find fellow riders to ride along with.

Entry is via charitable donation of £30 per rider, all of which is donated to our chosen charity. We also encourage riders to raise additional donations from friends, colleagues, customers and suppliers.



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