Brewers’ epic bike ride

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LOCAL brewers Tom and Gill Mellor swapped ale bottles for water bottles as they completed an epic cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats.

The couple, directors of the Wold Top Brewery at Wold Newton, raised money for Prostate UK and Breast Cancer Campaign when they joined a team of eight to tackle the challenging 1,100-mile route in just two-weeks.

Gill, who celebrated her 51st birthday during the ride, explained how the challenge came about; “Tom and some cycling friends decided that they’d like to tackle the Lands End to John O’Groats ride and, as we both hit 50 last year, the thought of doing something that might make us leaner and fitter whilst raising money for charity was very appealing!”

Tom added that the couple had trained hard by cycling in the Wolds to prepare them for cycling a gruelling 80-miles a day on their charity challenge.

The team, who have an average age of 50, comprised Tom and Gill, Dave and Sue Morgan from Kilham, George and Karen Hamilton from Driffield, Robin and Colette Freeman from Hutton Cranswick and friends who drove the support vehicle.

At their final destination, the cyclists were rewarded for their efforts with bottles of Wold Top beer that also made their way the length of the country in the support vehicle.

All of the funds raised will be split equally between Prostate UK and Breast Cancer Campaign.

If you would like to donate, please send a cheque made payable to Sue Morgan at Pockthorpe Hall, Pockthorpe, Kilham, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4SX or donate online at or