To Hull and back – these fundraising cyclists rode 140 miles

Cyclists who took part in a Hill to Sunderland bike ride over the weekend pictured on the Roker Sea Front on Sunday

Cyclists who took part in a Hill to Sunderland bike ride over the weekend pictured on the Roker Sea Front on Sunday

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CYCLISTS pose proudly after tackling a 140-mile charity ride.

The group spent three days cycling up the country to raise cash for the Tracey Crawford Foundation, which distributes it to other good causes.

A total of 28 riders and supporters made the journey, meeting in Hull and riding on to York and up to Yarm, finishing at Roker, in Sunderland.

Mum-of-three Tracey, of Warden Law, lost her long battle with leukaemia at only 41, in 2006.

For the last seven years, friends and families have taken part in the charity ride to raise money in her memory.

Father Peter McKenzie set up the foundation and ploughed his efforts into raising money for those whose lives were also scarred by the disease.

The dad helped pay for specialist beds at Sunderland Royal Hospital, buying treatment for fellow cancer sufferers and funding research, before losing his own battle with cancer.

Despite undergoing pioneering treatment trials himself, the 66-year-old died in his sleep from cancer of the oesophagus in March 2010. Peter Darke, who took part in the charity ride, said: “We combined the Way of the Roses Ride and the Three Rivers Cycle Ride and mixed in some of our own.

“There were no major accidents, no major breakdowns. At the end we had the wind on our backs, the sun was shining and we were making such good time we had to stop.”

The charity ride has been running for seven years and has helped boost the Foundation’s £350,000 total.