South Wootton fundraiser takes Le Tour challenge

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South Wootton financial adviser Sean Kerry cycled 203 miles, following parts of the first stage of the Tour de France, in aid of charity.

His efforts have realised some £2,330 for the Laureus Foundation, which raises funds to provide financial and practical support to more than 150 projects which use the power of sport to provide coaching and education to young people in some of the most challenging or deprived environments around the world.

Day one was a 57-mile route from Leeds via Wetherby, York and Tadcaster before returning to Leeds and was a warm up to the main event.

Day two took in the breathtaking Yorkshire Dales covering 101 miles and included Kidstones Pass and Buttertubs Pass, two of the climbs the likes of Chris Froome in the Sky team faced in the opening stages of the Tour de France which started in Leeds.

“The way up Buttertubs was tough with gradients in excess of 20 per cent the way down was exhilarating, touching 51 miles an hour in the descent was a real thrill” said Sean.

The final day in comparison at 55 miles from Darlington to Harrogate, again following some of the Le tour routes, was considerable less undulating allowing the scenery to be fully appreciated.

Sean is extremely grateful to everyone who contributed and the generosity of St James’s Place Wealth Management, Lynn, who have matched all contributions made bringing the total raised to £2,330 so far.

Sean’s fundraising page is not yet closed anyone wishing to make a contribution can do so at

Next year Sean will again be taking on the challenge of a section of the Tour De France once again going uphill, tackling the 21km up Mont Ventoux in the Hautes-Alpes South East France before following other section of the famous race again over three days.