Over 200 People Ready to Tackle the Second Wharfedale Ton Challenge

Thursday 15th June 2017

Hundreds of keen cyclists from businesses throughout Yorkshire have signed up to tackle the Wharfedale Ton 2017.

More than 200 people will be taking part in the 100-mile charity cycle ride from Ilkley to York and back again on June 16.

Organised by Yorkshire law firm Gordons, Lloyds Bank, audit, tax and consulting firm RSM, and David Jockel of WTM (1217) Limited, the Wharfedale Ton will help raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice in Bradford.

The event has grown in popularity since its launch in 2016, which saw 120 people take part, raising £7,000 for the charity.

Now in its second year, the challenge aims to encourage local business people to take part in a great day of cycling and meet other professionals, while striving to raise money for a good cause in the process.

Gordons partner and head of employment law, Phil Paget, said: “Following the success of the first Wharfedale Ton in 2016 we set ourselves the aim of increasing participation from 120 to over 200. We are delighted to have reached this goal and look forward to seeing some new faces from the business community out on their bikes and raising money for a fantastic cause.

“Last year’s event was a great success and we are hoping the 2017 edition will be just as positive with a significant amount of money raised for Marie Curie in Bradford and a great sense of accomplishment among those taking part.”

Entrants can ride alone, in pairs or in groups with many taking part who have never ridden the 100-mile distance before. People taking part may also ride in relay and complete the course as a team.

The full 100-mile route is expected to take an average of six to eight hours to complete, after which all participants are invited to rest their limbs and join each other for some food and drink in Ilkley.

Steven Hubbard, corporate finance partner at RSM, added: “We are delighted to be involved in the Wharfedale Ton once again. Last year’s event was fantastic and it is great to see even more people taking part this year.”

The Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford offers specialist care for people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. As well as a 16-bed inpatient unit, the hospice also has a fully equipped day service department that offers individual support sessions and various group activities to patients and their families.

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