Theakston sponsored cycle ride raises £8,000 for charity

6 April 2014

An annual charity bike ride sponsored by Masham brewery T&R Theakston Ltd has raised more than £8,000 for good causes.

Almost 90 cyclists saddled up for the annual 22-mile Lower Dales Circle Charity Bike Ride, which takes in some of the region’s most stunning scenes – and a host of pubs!

For the last eight years the event had been organised by Chris Wade, from the Milbank Arms at Well, and Kris Stephenson of the Freemasons Arms at Nosterfield,

The charities who benefitted this time were the Great North Air Ambulance, Yorkshire Cancer Research, McMillan Support, Youth Music, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, Fraja Ellie Appeal and the Halcyon Trust.

Chris said: Once again I would like to praise all those who took part and, as ever, thank Theakston’s for sponsoring the event.

The Lower Dales Circle Charity Bike Ride has taken place for the last eight years and always receives tremendous support. And, with the Tour de France heading our way in July, I’m confident this year’s ride will be even more popular.

In addition to being good fun and not too much of a challenge, it raises valuable funds for a host of charities, chosen by the riders themselves.


T&R Theakston Ltd Executive Director Simon Theakston said: We are delighted to be associated with this annual fund raising cycle ride.

Chris is to be congratulated for kick-starting the bike ride back in 2006, which, over the last eight years, has raised in the region of £50,000.

I have participated in a number of previous cycles, and I’ll admit one of the most enjoyable aspects is being handed a glass of Theakston’s ale at the finishing line!

Main photograph: We’ll Drink To That! Lower Dales Circle Charity Bike Ride Chris Wade (front left) and T&R Theakston Ltd Executive Director, Simon Theakston (front right) with this year’s recipients

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