We would YAC 500 miles

21st March 2017


Eight hardy cyclists are proclaiming their passion for York Against Cancer with a tough five-day bike ride from York to Paris.

The York Pedallers, like-minded men who met through the Round Table around 30 years ago, have raised many thousands for good causes.

 York Against Cancer has gained around £86,000 from their efforts on two bike rides between Land’s End and John O Groats.

But this year, as the charity celebrates its 30th birthday, they have decided to go one better with their Continental bike ride challenge.

The eight - David Mooney, Mike Nicholas, our former Chairman Patrick Shepherd, David Dickson, Stephen Loynes, Tim Wilson (not pictured), Graham Kennedy and Rex Parry - will depart from York Minster on May 18, cycle to Hull, take a North Sea ferry and get back into the saddle once the boat docks on the Continent.

The cycling distance is 370 miles and the sea crossing 232,  totalling  602 miles, and the riders plan to mark their arrival at the Eiffel Tower  with a rousing rendition of ‘I would YAC 500 miles’, their take on the Proclaimers’ hit song, 500 miles.

“We like to have a theme,” said David Mooney, “and this one appealed to us because when you add in the miles from the sailing we will have done well over 500!”

The Pedallers want to raise at least £14,000 with the York to Paris ride, to take their total contribution to York Against Cancer to more than £100,000.

“The cash will be a welcome boost to our 30th anniversary appeal fund to get our mobile chemotherapy unit off to a flying start when it takes to the road this summer,” said our general manager, Julie Russell. “We’d love as many people as possible to support The Pedallers on this fantastic challenge.”

You can sponsor The Pedallers at their JustGiving site, https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/YorkPedallers1

*Picture courtsey of The Press, York