Pedal for Pounds euphoria

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Riders from Spen were among the 300 cyclists who took part in the fourth annual Pedal for Pounds challenge organised by Huddersfield Town.

The riders set off on their four day challenge around Yorkshire last Wednesday, clocking up almost 250 miles for the club’s Keep it Up Campaign in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and the club’s Academy.

After overnight stops in Hull, Scarborough and Harrogate, the cyclists enjoyed a tumultuous reception with a ride-in to the John Smith’s Stadium before Town’s last game of the season against Barnsley.

Among the local riders were Richard Bedford, Richard Franklyn, Michael Nunns and Richard Reid.

Richard Bedford said it had been an exhausting, but overwhelming challenge.

“Last year we had dreadful rain, this year there was no rain but it was so windy which made it tough going, particularly over the hills,” he said.

“But the reception we got everywhere was fantastic. People really related to it because we were raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. We even had one old lady come up to us and give us £5.”

Some of the local riders enjoyed a good old Spen welcome on the last day, as the route took the riders through the valley on their way back into Huddersfield.

“We stopped off at the Old Pack Horse at Hartshead Moor Top where the landlady Paula Hall took our photos, and then we went on to Haigh’s Farm shop where they had laid on some pies for us, as Richard works there,” added Richard.

“Then the ride into the stadium was incredible – we got a tremendous reception from both sets of fans.

“It really was an unbelievable day, particularly as both Town and Barnsley were fighting to stay in the Championship. My heart rate going up Poole Bank was nothing compared to my heart rate during the match when at some points we were staring at relegation. I’d rather go up Poole Bank 100 times than go through that again!

“But the last two minutes when we both knew we were safe made the game, and the Pedal for Pounds, even more memorable.

“We might even do it again next year!”