UTTOXETER cyclists have returned to a heroes welcome after biking more than 300 miles – all in the name of charity.
The Talbot Charity Bike Club cycled the epic journey from Edinburgh back to Uttoxeter to raise vital funds for the Art and Soul Friendship Group.
The 15 cyclists returned on Sunday to awaiting crowds as the community got together to celebrate their return.
Attractions included a fly past by the Red Arrows, fair ground rides, Uttoxeter Brass Band, youth rock group the Uttoxeterterrain, a disco, stalls, Nesta’s Ark and a presentation by mayor Hugh Montgomery.
Andrew Riley, of the Talbot Charity Bike Club, said: “The actual ride was fantastic. We had 15 excellent cyclists who really worked hard and put in a lot of effort.
“It was all worth it. There were days when morale was high and others when it was low.
“The torrential rain on Friday meant we got absolutely soaked but we managed it and hung in there.
“It was amazing when we came round that corner and saw the crowd waiting there to greet us, including Uttoxeter mayor Hugh Montgomery and his wife.
“It was good to see all the community out and supporting us.
“It really was a great home coming party.”
The ride has so far raised around £7,500 but donations to support the charity, which helps people with mental health issues, are still welcome.
Jo Cane, chairman of the Art and Soul Friendship Group, said: “When the bike team returned, myself, the trustees and members were all in tears with emotion.
“The money raised for us will keep our doors open and for that we could not be more thankful and proud of every one of the bike team.”
People still wanting to donate to the charity in support of the bikers can do so by visiting www.talbotcharitybikeclub.org.uk