Hundreds of SITA UK employees from across the country will be cyucling through Calderdale today (Thursday) as part of a 2,400 mile, UK cross-country cycle tour to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The Big Ride cycle relay, organised by the recycling and waste management company, departed from Aberdeen on May 12 and will finish at its most southerly facility in St Erth, Cornwall, on June 20.
The winding route, designed to include as many of SITA UK’s facilities as possible, makes the journey almost three times as long as the traditional Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle route of 874 miles.
Nearly 300 members of SITA UK staff, from bin men and women to board members, will complete the cross-country cycle in relay legs, which snake between 100 of SITA UK’s facilities up, down and across the UK.
The company has a contract with Calderdale Council to collect household waste and recycling.
The Big Ride will start in Burnley at 7.30am today and the riders will journey to Doncaster via its sites in Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury.
The ride will leave Doncaster on Friday May 23 for Sheffield.
Participants have been able to sign up to ride as many legs as they want – with some opting to cycle over 300 miles of the total journey.
The individual legs range from three to 100 miles in length and all participants have been encouraged to raise at least £50 in sponsorship for Macmillan Cancer Support.
SITA UK chose Macmillan Cancer Support as its national charity in 2013 and has so far raised nearly £20,000 for them, by holding various events throughout the last year - like pyjama parties, male leg waxing and bake sales.