Jonny’s epic cycling challenge for YEP’s Half and Half Appeal

Jonathan Brown  Tour de France cycling challenge
Jonathan Brown Tour de France cycling challenge
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Yorkshire evening Post reporter and novice cyclist Jonny Brown is saddling up to ride Stage One of the Tour de France this weekend in aid of the YEP’s Half and Half Appeal

The 25-year-old - currently Tour de France reporter for the YEP and its sister paper, The Yorkshire Post - will cycle the mammoth 190km route from Leeds to Harrogate on Sunday.

Despite last riding a bike as a teenager, Jonny decided to get back in the saddle after launching our Yorkshire-wide ‘Let’s Get Cycling’ campaign and has been charting his rigorous training in a YEP column every Saturday. He said: “We’ve been encouraging people to get on their bikes, so I thought ‘if we’re asking people to ride, then so should I’. I’ve been training by riding on a static bike and out on the roads for three and a half months, gradually increasing the distance of my rides.

“The last ride I did was my longest yet - from north Leeds to Starbotton via Ilkley and Burnsall and back. It took over five hours was nearly 135km.”

Jonny will be riding in aid of the YEP’s long-running Half and Half Appeal, which raises money for Leeds’ two hospices - St Gemma’s and Sue Ryder Wheatfields - and is currently nearing the £3m mark.

The hospices are a cause close to Jonny’s heart after his mother was cared for at Pendleside Hospice in Burnley before her death in June last year. He said: “I’ve experienced the incredible work UK hospices do in caring for those with serious illnesses, as my own mum was cared for in a hospice.

“That’s definitely given me extra motivation to get on the bike in aid of a great cause.”

To sponsor Jonny make a donation at

***The YEP’s Half and Half Appeal is thought to be the longest-running newspaper charity campaign in the country.

It began in 1982 and has so far raised more than £2.8m which has been split evenly between St Gemma’s Hospices and Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.

The YEP has now launched ‘Project £3m’ - to try and top an impressive £3m target for the two hospices.

We are calling on you to help raise money for the appeal and keep these vital services going in the city of Leeds. To donate, visit

Cheques can also be made payable to ‘The Yorkshire Evening Post Half & Half Appeal’ and sent to The Editor’s Secretary, Yorkshire Evening Post, No 1 Leeds, 26 Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS12 1BE, in an envelope marked ‘Half and Half’.

Let us know what you’re doing to fundraise too - email

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