A partner at Dronfield-based financial planners, Belmayne, is preparing to take on one of the toughest cycling challenges around to raise funds for four small local charities.
Ben Smalley will be undertaking the 112-mile Tour of the Peaks on Sunday (May 22) with three friends on behalf of the Belmayne Foundation.
Starting and finishing at Bakewell Showground, the challenge encompasses the notorious Derbyshire peaks of Holme Moss, Winant’s Pass and The Cat and Fiddle and is expected to take participants seven to ten hours to complete. It follows the route of the original Tour of the Peaks road race, which took place between 1943 and 2005 and includes more than 10,000 feet of ascent.
All of the sponsorship money raised by Ben and his friends will be split equally between the four charities supported by the Belmayne Foundation this year. They are: Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team, Disability Awareness with Sport, Sheffield Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and Sight Support Derbyshire.
Ben said: “This event is not for the faint-hearted and will push me and my friends to our limits. We are all keen cyclists, of varying ability, and I hope that by working as a team, we can motivate each other through the toughest climbs. I would like to thank everyone who has already sponsored us so generously. We hope to add at least another £1,000 to our charity fund and we’re well on the way to reaching our target.”
The Belmayne Foundation was set up by the firm’s four partners to support small charities that focus on health and wellbeing and provide relief for those in need.