A team of bike riders from Darlington, who aimed to cycle 1,000 miles and raise £1,000 for Covid-affected charities, have smashed their targets.
Twenty-one sponsored riders, members and friends of Darlington Rotary, clocked up a total of 1,523 miles over the weekend and raised more than £3,000.
The riders cycled at least a 26.2 marathon circuit around Darlington, individually and socially distanced, but many did much more.
The youngest cyclist was eight-year-old Max Weaver, who rode the marathon circuit with his grandparents, Rtn Ken Wiper and Anne Wiper, all from Darlington.
And the oldest was 77-year-old Rotarian, Peter Phillips, from Neasham, near Darlington.
Team leader, Rotarian Nigel Little, said: “It was a fantastic effort. All of the riders completed a marathon circuit, but two others did 50 miles and 10 did more than 100, including Rotarian Kevin Robinson, who rode the furthest – 154 miles.
“But the most important thing is that we raised at least £3,112 – triple our target – with more to come in, all of which will go to help local charities who have been affected by the pandemic.”
President of Darlington Rotary, Sue Campbell, thanked everyone who took part and who had donated money.
She said: “Rotary’s fund-raising activities have, of course, been curtailed by COVID-19, and the limitations it places of people coming together.
“So this is a brilliant result by a group of determined local cyclists, which will go towards alleviating the damage the virus has wreaked on local charities.’
Darlington Rotary has undertaken a fund raising bike ride every year since 2013, raising more than £50,000. This year, a planned ride to its sister Rotary club in Mulheim, Germany, in April was a victim of the pandemic, so was replaced by this event.