ABOUT 200 cyclists saddled-up for a Manorlands fundraiser.

They took part in the eighth annual Bronte Sportive, together raising around £6,500 for the Oxenhope Sue Ryder hospice.

Entrants could choose from four routes, which all included Haworth's iconic Main Street.

About half the field tackled the gruelling 88-mile Heathcliff ride, featuring more than 10,700 feet of climbing.

And entries were relatively evenly split between the other routes – the 69-mile Charlotte, 50-mile Emily and 29-mile Anne.

Sunday's event, sponsored by All Terrain Cycles, started and finished at Keighley College.

A barbecue was provided afterwards.

Manorlands fundraiser, Andrew Wood, said he was delighted with how the event had gone.

"It was a very successful day," he said.

"Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. The feedback has been brilliant.

"All the routes were slightly different from previous years and the changes were welcomed."

Volunteers provided marshalling and manned feed stations.

And Great Northern Cars supplied a sweep team.

"I would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who gave their support – Keighley College for once again providing the venue, All Terrain Cycles for its sponsorship and Great Northern Cars for its help," said Mr Wood.

"Thanks also to all the volunteers, without whom we couldn't stage the event, and of course everyone who entered.

"All entry fees and any money raised goes straight to funding Sue Ryder's care for people living with incurable illness."

First rider to complete the Heathcliff route was Stuart McRink, in five hours 37 minutes.

Steven Thompson was first home on the Charlotte ride, in just under five hours six minutes.

First to finish the Emily route were Peter Jowett and Chris Mdee, in just over three hours 22 minutes.

And heading up the Anne finishers was Chris Sherriffs, in two hours 25 seconds.

Full results can be found on the Ride for Manorlands Facebook page.

* A SECOND annual PaintRush is being held in aid of Manorlands.

Participants in Sunday's event will be bombarded with brightly-coloured paint powder as they tackle a 5k run or walk.

Last year's inaugural event, organised by the Sue Ryder hospice's Riddlesden and East Morton support group, attracted 600 entrants and raised over £20,000.

As well as being pelted or sprayed with paint at seven colour stations, participants have to negotiate various obstacles and avoid 'snipers'.

The event, at Marley playing fields, will also feature singers on stage and there will be a bar and refreshments.

Visit sueryder.org/paintrush for more details and to register.