Hundreds of Crewe and Nantwich cyclists turned out for the 2014 Up and Under Foundation Rides to raise money for needy children.

Individuals and teams took part in either a 100 mile, 100km or a 50km ride across the Cheshire countryside.

Volunteers for Cheshire Buddies, a group dedicated to integrating youngsters with disabilities into mainstream activities, also took part alongside local scouts.

The Foundation Rides, in its second year, attract keen club cyclists to the occasional leisure rider.

Emma Murphy, of the Up and Under Foundation, said: “We had carbon fibre super bikes weighing less than some people’s lunch, mountain bikes, tandems and even a postman’s bike!

“Simon Walker, who rode 60 miles last year dressed as Postman Pat, went further completing the 160km and 1,700m of climbing that was the Tough Stuff ride.

“Age is no barrier. The youngest rider was Amber Edwards who helped the Buddies efforts on the 50km, while Angus Chesworth at 10, was the youngest rider to complete the 100km ride.

“At the other extreme our most experienced cyclist was 84-year-old John Dunn, who completed the 100km ride in a respectable time.

“John O’Connor, a local Scout, at 14 years old, was the youngest to complete the 100 mile ride, finishing before many of the older, more experienced participants.”

Crewe company Mornflake provided porridge and cereal and Nantwich-based CTC Healthcare staff were on hand at the end to ease aching limbs.

“We had a successful draw with prizes coming from a variety of sources including great cycling prizes from JLT Insurance and Giordana plus a recovery ‘meal for four’ from JW Lees Brewery and a food voucher from Cheerbrooks,” added Emma.

You can donate to the Foundation here

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