Mamils take road to £8,000 for charities

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Harrogate MAMILs (Middle Aged Men in Lycra) have ridden to success by raising over £8,000 for five charities and smashing their original target of £5,000.

The team of 17 cyclists negotiated a 160-mile return trip from Harrogate to Scarborough over two days to aid Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Harrogate Homeless Project, St Michael’s Hospice, NSPCC and Prostate Cancer UK.

Unofficial Harrogate MAMILs team leader, Andrew Whiteley said: “It was an exhausting challenge over both days but we’re all delighted to have exceeded our ambitious target of raising £5,000 for some fantastic charities.

“Thank you to everyone who supported us. It was a great team effort and we had a lot of fun along the way.”

Six of the team formed an elite group and set off an hour later than the rest of the pack in their very own Grand Départ.

The achievement took a total of over 10 hours spent in the saddle and came after battling a 15mph headwind on the return journey which took a gruelling five-and-a-half hours.

The team was made up of Andrew Whiteley, Andrew Wild, Andrew McIntee, David Brennan, Howard Atkinson, James Palmer, James Woolnough, Kevin McMaw, Mike Whittaker, Neil Turnbull, Edward Stokes, Ashley Cooper, Gavin Connell, Guy Mallon, Jonathan Rigby, Alistair Darnell and Alex Tutt. 

Andrew added: “A crowd close to 100 MAMIL supporters and well-wishers came together to congratulate their achievement on the Stray finish line in Harrogate on Sunday.

“Speeches and celebrations followed with additional donations from local businesses including a brand new bicycle from Harrogate’s Big Red Bike Company and VIP tickets to the Ripon Races being auctioned off to boost the charitable proceeds.” Event sponsor Nexus, whose CEO David Brennan, from Birstwith, took part in the challenge, recently launched a fundraising partnership with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, the independent charity providing a rapid response emergency service to five million people across Yorkshire – England’s largest region.

Donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/teams/HarrogateMAMILSociety