Hundreds of cyclists saddled up this weekend to raise cash for poorly children in Leeds.
Around 600 people got on their bikes yesterday and battled through the wind and rain during two gruelling cycling challenges.
Riders braved a 100km trek or opted for a 100 mile challenge as part of the first Big Leeds Bike Ride to raise money for the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal.
The inaugural bike ride saw cyclists set off from Roundhay Park, in Leeds, and soak up some of Yorkshire’s stunning scenery on their route across the county.
Adrenaline junkies who opted for the 100 mile journey cycled along the A64 to York and along the River Foss.
They then ventured to the foothills of renowned Yorkshire beauty spot, the Howardian Hills.
Among the cyclists was Nick Walls whose son Theo was born by emergency c-section at Leeds General Infirmary in February.
The youngster weighed just over one pound and faced many challenges during his five-month stay in intensive care.
The father was so touched by the unit’s work that he decided to throw his support behind the bike ride.
The appeal was launched three years ago to help make things “better, brighter and happier” for ill youngsters.
Sharon Edwards, fundraising co-ordinator for Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal, said: “The weather spoiled it a little bit but it has been absolutely brilliant. “It’s been amazing and we have exceeded what we thought we would get.
“We’ve had around 600 cyclists.
“The Children’s Hospital is a fantastic cause and every penny raised goes towards making a child friendly environment and medical equipment.”
The children’s outpatients department at Leeds General Infirmary sees around 109,000 every year.
The charity was started in 2010 when the new Leeds Children’s Hospital wing was opened, bringing together all the city’s hospital services for youngsters under one roof.
The appeal raises funds for projects and equipment including toys, pop-up beds for parents and pieces of new medical equipment.
Fundraisers have dug deep to help the appeal raise over £1 million over the last three years to brighten the lives of children who stay at the hospital.