A CYCLE ride around Britain to raise awareness and funds for various charities has completed its second of nine weeks.

The Great Tour started in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex and is going to Alnwick in Northmberland, via Grimsby, Scarborough and Hartlepool.

Having begun their 64 day cycle around the British coast on Saturday, July 4, Great Tour cyclists Hugh Roberts and Robin Young stopped overnight in Scarborough on Wednesday, July 15 at the end of day 12, having cycled 175 kilometres from Grimsby via Hornsea and Flamborough Head. Thursday saw them resuming and riding a further 105 kilometres to Hartlepool via Whitby.

Inspired by The Great Tour event that took place in 2010 and 2015, SweetSpot Founder and Managing Director Hugh Roberts and long-time friend Robin Young are re-creating the 6,700 kilometre, 64 day ride.

The coming week will see them head to Edinburgh on Sunday where they will begin to ride around the Scottish coast, joined by journalist and former pro cyclist Pippa York.

This year’s ride aims to raise awareness and funds for chosen health charities and causes in 2020 and to help create an annual fundraising ride around the whole coastline of Britain from 2021.

From 2021 the Great Tour ride will be the fundraising flagship of The Great Tour, for which charitable status is being sought. This annual event will raise money to support projects or other charities in community, health and environmental charities and causes – all of which are consistent with the Great Tour's ethos.

Past editions of The Great Tour in 2010 and 2015 have supported a range of health charities, including The Prostate Cancer Charity, MacMillan and Anthony Nolan.

The awareness ride will also have the support of partners Ascot Lloyd, a leading UK independent financial advice firm, and a small support team equipped with ŠKODA support vehicles.

Following the coastline as closely as possible by bike, and never losing the sight, the sound, the smell of the sea or sense of the sea, The Great Tour route takes in 6,700 kilometres of roads, cycle paths and green lanes around the country in a celebration of Britain’s coastline.

More information about The Great Tour can be found at www.thegreattour.co.uk.