Wheelie big effort

PEDAL POWER: Ferno (UK) boss Jon Ellis after completing the Huddersfield Town Pedal 4 Pounds challenge.
PEDAL POWER: Ferno (UK) boss Jon Ellis after completing the Huddersfield Town Pedal 4 Pounds challenge.
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HUDDERSFIELD Town’s playoff heartache has been softened by a saddle sore company boss who has helped raise more than £4,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA).

Managing director of Ferno (UK) Jon Ellis has raised more than £4,000 after joining 181 other cyclists to complete a Huddersfield to Brighton bike ride for the team’s final away game of the season.

Jon took part in the Pedal 4 Pounds ride and his company provided funding for two support vehicles to travel with the riders during the three-and-a-half day journey. The funds were split between the YAA and Town’s football academy.

“We did about four months training to prepare. It was a gruelling few days but it was also great fun and there was real camaraderie amongst the teams,” Jon said.

“I did the last 55 miles with a damaged Achilles tendon so I had to go to Brighton Hospital for advice at the end.

Ferno (UK) have a long established relationship with YAA, with the Cleckheaton firm making regular donations to provide new kit for the crews.

Jon has now been recognised by the club’s Knights of Yorkshire group as being one of the top individual fundraisers from the cyclists.

Mr Ellis said: “Everyone has been extremely generous in supporting me. But I don’t think I want to see my bike again for a while!”