In 2016, Gordons partner, Phil Paget, had the idea of creating a 100-mile charity cycling event involving business professionals riding through beautiful Yorkshire countryside. From that initial thought, the hugely successful Wharfedale Ton was born.
Organised by key sponsor, Gordons LLP, the event raises money for Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice in Bradford.
The first event in 2016 involved just 120 riders cycling a magnificent scenic route, stretching across Wharfedale from Ilkley to the Vale of York and back again, and raised £6,907. Following its’ success the Wharfedale Ton has been repeated in 2017, 2018 and 2019, when over 270 riders took part. With a break in 2020 due to the pandemic, The Wharfedale Ton returned in September 2021 and raised over £8,770, bringing the total amount raised for the hospice to over £60,000.
Phil Paget said: “It’s fantastic to see so many business people from around Yorkshire getting on their bikes to take on the challenge for such a great cause. We’re also very grateful to the support provided by local businesses in the organisation of the event, as without them the Wharfedale Ton would not be as successful as it is.
“I am very proud of all those who took part, not only for their efforts during the rides, but also those who donated so generously for such a good cause. The Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice provides a range of services for cancer sufferers and their families in Bradford and we are very happy to be able to support the hospice in this way.”
Our co-sponsors include:
Gordons, RSM, Handelsbanken, Calder World of Travel, Naylor Wintersgill, Lishmans the Butcher, Craven Jewellers, Reed Boardall Group, ChemResist Group, Brook-Dobson Brear Limited, Melrose Interiors Ltd, Thorpe Mill Limited, and G M Legato Ltd
How to enter
The Entry Fee is £31.50 which includes a charitable donation of £30 per rider all of which is donated to our chosen charity plus a processing fee of £1.50.
We also encourage riders to raise additional donations from friends, colleagues, customers and suppliers.