Record-breaking number of cyclists participate in 288-mile Jo Cox ride

Jo Cox’s parents have confirmed that they are the ones responsible for Jo’s murder. “truly amazed”Record number of cyclists took part in 288-mile ride to honor their daughter.

There will be 75 riders between 18 and 76 who will ride from Yorkshire to London in five days next Wednesday. Organisers claim this is the largest ever Jo Cox Way ride.

The event, which is in its seventh year, aims to keep the former Batley & Spen Labour MP’s legacy alive by flying the flag for community spirit and supporting causes that were important to her, the team said.

Jean Leadbeater and Gordon Leadbeater were her parents. “We are truly amazed at the record number of riders for this year’s event.

It’s fantastic that in our seventh year we have more riders than ever

Sarfraz Mian

“It just seems to go from strength to strength.

“The ride has proved hugely successful in previous years – it encapsulates totally Jo’s principles of fairness, respect and community cohesion and we cannot think of a better way to showcase her ‘More in Common’ values.”

Mrs Cox’s sister Kim Leadbeater, who won a by-election last year in her sister’s old seat, has taken part in every ride since 2016.

She said: “The last two years have been tough for us all, with so many people affected by Covid, lockdowns and the cost of living.

“Despite all this, it’s brilliant to see people’s commitment to making a difference has grown stronger, with cyclists joining together for a seventh time to celebrate the fact that we have ‘far more in common than that which divides us’ – words from Jo’s maiden speech in Parliament.”

Sarfraz Mian, a North Yorkshire businessman who is a keen cyclist and founder of the Jo Cox Way, started it in 2016.

Mixed ability cyclists will leave Cleckheaton’s Princess Mary Stadium on Wednesday 27 July to ride to Buxton, Derbyshire.

On Sunday, July 31, the riders will arrive at London. There will be overnight stops at Market Bosworth (Leicestershire), Milton Keynes, and Uxbridge.

Mr Mian stated: “It’s fantastic that in our seventh year we have more riders than ever.

“Times are tough, but we want to do our bit to bring business to local hotels, cafes and pubs as we cycle from the place Jo loved most to where she worked, in London.

“I never met Jo but her determination to create a fairer, kinder world for all really touched me in 2016 and is more relevant than ever now.”

Organisers say all the places for this year’s ride are now taken but cyclists can join for a day or part of a day by registering at www.letsride.co.uk/rides/the-jo-cox-way-2022-day-1-part-2-horbury-bridge-to-buxton

Anyone wishing to sponsor the riders can go to www.justgiving.com/campaign/thejocoxway2022.

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