Colleagues at Grantham’s Totemic complete punishing bike ride for a good cause

Exhausted but proud ... the local riders from left, back, Adam Brown, Lewis Cresswell, Lewis Wallace, Sophie Wingad, Mitchell Fenton, Jason Eaves, front, Harrison Fenton-Fenton, Ben Loynes, Claire Loynes.
Exhausted but proud ... the local riders from left, back, Adam Brown, Lewis Cresswell, Lewis Wallace, Sophie Wingad, Mitchell Fenton, Jason Eaves, front, Harrison Fenton-Fenton, Ben Loynes, Claire Loynes.
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A team of cyclists proved equal to a gruelling challenge when they completed a charity ride at the weekend.

Nine riders from Grantham firm Totemic and associated business Stake Your Claim took part in the aptly-named Peak District Punisher on Sunday.

Colleagues joined department manager Mitchell Fenton on the 40-mile ride to raise money for Jam Fund, which supports children with life-threatening illnesses.

Mitchell, 44, whose 16-year-old son Harrison was among the team of riders, was delighted they all completed the course, which began in Bakewell and included a long climb to Mam Tor.

He said: “ I am so proud of the team. Three hundred and 60-plus miles from nine people; 31,500ft climbed and not once did we walk a climb.”

Quickest of the riders was Lewis Wallace in 2hr 34min, with Adam Brown just behind.

Mitchell and Harrison, of Bridge End Road, Grantham, were next, but could have been quicker, according to Mitchell.

He said: “Harry hit a wall on a 35mph descent, and although there was not a scratch on him, he did have a slight buckle on the front wheel and we had to take a bit of time for him to recover.

“Mam Tor was long and gruelling, others were steeper and long, but five miles of a single climb hurts. It’s not something you can find around Grantham.”

Jam Fund, based in Barry, South Wales, has raised more than £350,000 to support sick children and their families.

Among those it has helped is Mitchell’s cousin Rebbeca George, whose five-year-old son Jake has been receiving treatment for leukaemia.

Jam Fund (Jamie Adamson Memorial Fund) was established in 2005 in memory of five-year-old Jamie, by his father Paul, a former Royal Navy shipmate of Mitchell’s

Further details about the charity and how to make a donation are available on the website: www.jamfund.co.uk