Spofforth cyclists complete challenge


THEY pedalled 237 miles, visited 60 cricket clubs over four days, and one even opened the bowling for Spofforth shortly after completing his mission in Middleham.

Spofforth duo Simon Taylor and Simon Giddings raised a total of £2,000 for Martin House Hospice and the club’s extension project on their Around The Grounds challenge which began on Wednesday under the eye of Nidderdale League president Sir Thomas Ingilby.

Having visited every ground in the Nidderdale League, they arrived in Middleham after a gruelling trip to meet Theakston Brewery’s Barry Gibb for a well-deserved pint.

The pair were assisted by the back-up team of Bob Taylor and Will Giddings and had plenty of travelling support accompanying them on their trip.

Spofforth chairman Steve Gill praised the duo for their efforts.

“It was a brilliant effort, they’ve raised a lot of money and deserve all the praise they’ve got,” he said.

“It was a tough trip and the fact that Simon Taylor got off his bike and then opened the bowling in the match against Middleham was quite amazing.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported them, all the supporters who followed them and to the main sponsors Theakston.”