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‘Skegvegas100’ riders raise £15k

Yellow jersey winner 13-year-old Alex Raynard and 'Skegvegas100' riders arrive in Skegness. EMN-140515-175253001

Yellow jersey winner 13-year-old Alex Raynard and 'Skegvegas100' riders arrive in Skegness. EMN-140515-175253001

A Derby to Skegness cycle ride has raised thousands for a children’s charity based in the resort.

After completing the ride in April, fundraisers have been busy collecting up their sponsor money.

Now in its second year, the ride in aid of the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre raised more than £15,000, with 55 riders taking part.

The ‘Skegvegas100’, with main sponsor Derby Audi, set out from the Derby Council House before arriving on Skegness seafront on the same day.

All 55 riders completed the course, the fastest being 13-year-old Alex Raynard, who took under five hours, averaging a speed of 20mph, and collecting the yellow jersey.

One of the ride organisers Callum Bates said: “We weren’t expecting such a result, especially with him being the youngest by nearly 10 years.”

The centre has close connections with many of the riders and is close to the heart of ride organiser Aaron Willis.

Callum said: “A lot of credit has to go to Aaron. No one got lost, there were no injuries and there were plenty of support cars and vans and supporters making sure everyone was safe.”

Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre House manager Ali Bryerly, said: “In the summer season, the centre provides a holiday for 450 children. I’m absolutely elated that they’ve managed to raise so much again. Every penny of the money they raise comes into us and I’d like to thank Aaron for pulling it off once again.”

 

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