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Cycling saddle up for WaterAid charity raises £2,000

Cycling enthusiasts from Kelda and its subsidiary Yorkshire Water saddled up at the weekend to raise £2,000 their ‘Big Wish for WaterAid’ charity project.

The Big Wish is a unique campaign encompassing fundraising, volunteering, influencing and customer awareness work in support of the charity WaterAid. Over the next few years, Kelda and Yorkshire Water aim to raise £1m for the charity and help bring clean water to 130,000 people in Ethiopia.

A total of 76 employees, friends and family took part in the Kelda Sportive which was held on 23rd May at Fewston reservoir. Cyclists had the choice of entering one of three circular routes at distances of 25km, 50km or 100km, which catered for all abilities and fitness levels.

The 50km route looped around the villages of Hampsthwaithe and Darley and the 100km ventured into the Dales, taking in some popular local hill climbs such as Langbar near Ilkley and Norwood Edge.

The first rider to cross the line after 100km was David Sanderson from Morrison Utility Services in 3 hours and 44 minutes.

Claire Green, Business Manager for Yorkshire Water and sportive organiser, said: “We built on the success of last year when we held a 122km inter-water industry cycle challenge and a 27 km sportive along some of the Tour de France race route here.”

She added: “The weather was great and show-cased the stunning Washburn Valley in all its glory. Everyone enjoyed the ride regardless of the route they took and so far we have raised a fantastic £2,000 for WaterAid.”

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