Gutsy governors set for 75-mile challenge

EASY RIDERS: Alan Wilkinson and Stephen Butler in training for 75-mile cycle ride to raise funds for Castle Hall School. (d07041103)
EASY RIDERS: Alan Wilkinson and Stephen Butler in training for 75-mile cycle ride to raise funds for Castle Hall School. (d07041103)

TWO Mirfield school governors are turning to pedal power to raise cash for a friends group.

Alan Wilkinson and Stephen Butler – both on the board at Castle Hall School – face a real challenge this weekend as they tackle the 75-mile Brian Robinson Challenge bike ride.

The pair, pictured right, are fundraising for Castle Hall Friends, a group of parents, teachers and community members who sponsor specific projects within the school.

Sunday’s Challenge is a tough ride with a total 8,000ft of climbing.

The event is a tribute to Mirfield cyclist Brian Robinson who represented Britain in the 1952 Olympics and achieved international acclaim.

Organised by Mirfield councillor Martyn Bolt, this year’s challenge is the seventh, attracting riders from all over the UK and abroad.

Coun Bolt said total entries could top 300, in line with previous years.

The event has raised £27,000 for various charities over the years with private sponsorship boosting its work for good causes.

Mr Robinson, who still lives in Mirfield, will be there when riders set off from Huddersfield’s Galpharm Stadium. “He has ridden every inch of the route many times and so understands fully the nature of the experience,” said Coun Bolt. “At over 80 he still gets out on his bike and gives valuable support to events such as this.”

• Donations for Alan and Stephen can be sent to Castle Hall School, Richard Thorpe Avenue, Mirfield marked as ‘ride sponsorship’.