Riders in Lord Mayor Charity Bike Ride welcomed back in style

Caption: The Lady Mayoress of Leeds Edna Murray (front, far left) and the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray (front, right) with all the riders who took part in the charity bike ride.

Participants in the Lord Mayor’s Charity Cycle Ride were given a warm welcome on their return to the city as part of a special family fun day at Temple Newsam Park.

Setting off from Hull City’s KC Stadium, around 50 cyclists completed the ride back to Leeds in aid of the Lord Mayor’s LOFFTY project, where each rider after reaching the finishing line was treated to a much deserved warm drink and sandwich by the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray and the Lady Mayoress Edna Murray.

Included in the party were three members of cycling group Ultra6, Andy North, Ben Wood and Iain Harris, who in aid of the Lord Mayor’s charity, cycled to Leeds twin city Dortmund before making the trip back home. In their ride, they completed the approximate 250 mile trip to Dortmund in a time, excluding the ferry journey, of 22 hours and in doing so set a new record. Joining them on the ride back to Leeds from Dortmund were also two representatives from Leeds Trinity University and local businessman David Gale.

As part of the free family fun day in the park which featured live music, visitors were treated to a range of fun activities hosted by the council’s Breeze team and also had the chance to play a number of giant garden games including Jenga, Connect Four, Snakes & Ladders and Space Hopper Racing.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray said:

"An amazing amount of hard work went in to making our charity bike ride a reality, and I would like to thank everyone who contributed to what was a fantastic occasion.

"Given the tremendous effort that each rider put in to raise money for our LOFFTY project, we thought it was only right that they were given a civic welcome and a well-deserved round of applause at the finishing line as part of a family fun day event at Temple Newsam Park.

"The family fun day really was great fun, and it was lovely that we were able to tie-in the event as a sign of our appreciation with the arrival of the cyclists back to the city of Leeds after their long testing journey. Records have been set to be broken, which will offer a challenge for future rides."

Notes to editors:

The key aim of the LOFFTY project, which stands for ‘Leeds Offers Fun For The Young’, is to raise funds that will provide additional fun activities for kids in the city during and after school, at weekends and throughout the school holidays.

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