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Harry and Amy raise £125,000 after tandem effort

Harry Gration and Amy Garcia of Look North doing their Tandem Tour de Yorkshire challenge arrive in West Vale.

Harry Gration and Amy Garcia of Look North doing their Tandem Tour de Yorkshire challenge arrive in West Vale.

BBC Look North presenters Harry Gration and Amy Garcia have raised more than £125,000 for Sport Relief on their tandem ‘Tour de Yorkshire’ which they completed on Friday.

The pair rode the Yorkshire stages of the Tour de France on a tandem, taking eight days to cover the gruelling 250 miles, which included Hebden Bridge, England’s longest continuous incline at Cragg Vale, Ripponden Bank and Brooksbank School.

Huge crowds of well-wishers turned out to donate money and to cheer them on.

Harry and Amy cycled between 30 and 50 miles per day, battling driving rain and high winds to complete the task.

They finally reached the finish line in Sheffield on Friday evening where they were given a rousing welcome by local ice hockey team the Sheffield Steelers.

Harry, who suffered severe back pain in the latter stages, said. “It’s been amazing, and is something I never thought I would achieve.

There have been highs and lows, but it’s been exhilarating and exciting too.”

Amy adds: “ It’s been absolutely brilliant and we’ve even managed to have a real laugh along the way.

“It’s been incredibly hard work, but I’ve loved every minute and the crowds and the money they have given make it all worthwhile.”

 

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