Pedal power raises £7,000

ALL SMILES: Mark Blewitt, Val Standage, and Martin Ashby (S)
ALL SMILES: Mark Blewitt, Val Standage, and Martin Ashby (S)
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Colne and West Craven fund-raisers for Cancer Research UK have paid a huge thank you to dedicated directors who used pedal power to drive up more than £7,000.

ESSE Engineering’s managing director Martin Ashby and sales director Mark Blewitt were joined by Nick Sykes and Darren Jemison of Wolds Stoves, Driffield, to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in just nine days.

The team visited ESSE Centres on their travels, and were joined at different points along the 950-mile route by a number of guest cyclists such as ESSE’s technical director Craig Nutter.

Martin Ashby, whose bike was manufactured by Barnoldswick’s Hope Technology, said: “We decided to cycle from the most southerly point in the UK to the most northerly, visiting ESSE Centres along the way.

“The bike ride was wonderful and we covered 950-miles in our nine day trip through seemingly endless beautiful cities, towns, villages and countryside. Aching muscles were a small price to pay and thanks to team humour, and ibuprofen, barely noticeable.

“We want to say a big thank you to all our sponsors and the generous people we met along the way.”

Maggie Cannon, from Colne and West Craven fund-raisers, added: “What a fantastic effort by Mark and Martin, and of course, all the kind people who sponsored them. I know they enjoyed their cycle, although it was a real challenge.

“Research costs money, and we are very grateful to Mark and Martin for this tremendous amount of money. A cure for cancer will be found. It is efforts like this, that brings that day closer.”