Cyclists pedal power raises £3,300 for international charity WaterAid

Cycling enthusiasts gathered at Grimwith reservoir near Grassington at the weekend to saddle up and raise £3,300 for international charity WaterAid to help Yorkshire Water’s charity initiative.

A total of 80 riders took part in the annual Kelda Sportive, organised by Yorkshire Water’s parent company, Kelda Group.

A 50 mile and 80 mile circular route were created, both meandering through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales taking in places such as Grassington, Stainforth, Malham and Appletreewick, with the 80 mile route extending as far north as Ingleton.

The fastest time on the 50 mile route was three hours and fifty five minutes, achieved by Neil Dewis of Hebden Bridge. The fastest time on the
80 mile route was four hours and thirty two minutes, achieved by Andy Stoneman of Valley Striders Cycling Club in Leeds.

Stephen Nutter, organiser of the cycling challenge, said: “Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales is as popular as it has ever been and this was the third year of the Kelda Sportive, which is going from strength to strength. We have raised £3,300 for WaterAid which was more than we achieved last year and we’d like to thank all the riders for taking part in what was a great sporting day.”

Over the next few years, Kelda and Yorkshire Water aim to raise £1m for WaterAid to help bring clean water to 130,000 people in Ethiopia.

Sponsors of this year’s Kelda Sportive included Squire Patton Boggs, Stonbury, WB Power Services, Northgate & Inverter Drive Systems.