Intrepid cyclists have raised more than £90,000 for the Black Cats’ charity arm after pedalling 320 miles from Brussels to Paris.
The team of 50 cyclists took part in the Ride of Remembrance organised by Foundation of Light.
It’s been a fantastic experience although at times very hard work indeed.Jemma Garrett of Foundation of Light
The four-day challenge took the riders, which included former SAFC striker Marco Gabbiadini, on a route including more than 15,700ft of climbs, taking in fantastic scenery and picturesque towns along the way, with temperatures reaching more than 40 degrees during an unexpected heatwave.
Held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the ride passed through Huy, La Roche en Ardenne, Durbuy, Sedan, Novion-Porcien, and Soissons; all notable for their involvement in the war, ending the monumental challenge under the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris.
All proceeds raised by participants will be invested in projects improving the lives of children and families in the North East.
Jemma Garrett, Foundation of Light events co-ordinator, said: “It’s been a fantastic experience, although at times very hard work indeed.
“We’d like to offer our thanks to all of the riders and sponsors who have made the Ride of Remembrance such an outstanding success, their efforts and support will help us make a big difference to lives in the North East.”
For the fourth successive year the cycle challenge was supported by headline sponsors Grafton Group plc, whose group CEO Gavin Slark took part.
The challenge was also supported by logistics specialists OSE, Springfield Gateshead, and held in partnership with Forward Assist, a veteran support charity.