A GROUP of cyclists from a team fielded by a Barnsley-based company have completed their 420-mile cycle ride - raising over £30,000 for charity.

Since the annual charity event started in 2007, the cyclists from Dransfield Properties Ltd have raised more than £260,000.

The riders set off from Dubrovnik in Croatia at the start of a mountainous, coastal route which took them through three countries before arriving in Trieste in Italy five days later.

This year’s six-day challenge, for a leukaemia and lymphoma research project in Leeds and a Grimsby hospice, was longer and tougher than previous years, but the riders are already planning next year’s route.

The charity cycle ride was originally founded by brothers Mark and Paul Dransfield in 2007.

Mark said: "We try and add to the challenge every year and it’s fair to say this year has certainly been a challenge - we’ve had a few category one climbs which are tough for even the hardiest of cyclists.

"We're raising money for two great charities and though the money is still coming in, we’re hoping we will have raised well over £30,000 through this year’s ride."