Berwins team go distance to help St Michael’s Hospice

The tight-knit Berwins team pose next to a wool-covered bike.
The tight-knit Berwins team pose next to a wool-covered bike.

As Harrogate prepared to welcome the Tour de Yorkshire, Berwins Solicitors and a peloton of cyclists, drawn from local businesses and organisations, joined together to cycle for Saint Michael’s.

The event, part of Berwins’ year-long commitment to the Harrogate-based hospice, saw competitors take to static bikes to complete in two cycling challenges, raising £1,000 along the way.

Individuals or teams representing local businesses tested their mettle against one another with the challenge to cover the greatest ‘distance’ over a 30-minute period.

With a punishing simulated route, designed to mirror some of the terrain on ‘Le Tour’ the event posed a real challenge for Harrogate’s aspiring cycling superstars, with DSC Chartered Accountants John Campbell taking local bragging rights as the top performer.

While businesses pushed themselves in 30-minute bursts, members of the Berwins team were active throughout the day as they aimed to complete the 122.5km which comprises the second leg of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire, which finished in Harrogate on Saturday 29 April.

Reflecting on the event, Hollie Marcham, chair of the firm’s CSR team, said: “From triathlons to knitted bikes, we’re no stranger to taking part in cycle events, so we couldn’t let the arrival of a major sporting event in Harrogate go unmarked.”