AN annual Bronte Sportive in aid of Manorlands was a record-breaking success.

Around 350 cyclists took part in yesterday’s event, which was marking its tenth anniversary.

And an unprecedented £19,000 was raised for the Oxenhope Sue Ryder hospice.

Participants could choose from four routes, ranging in distance from 29 to 93 miles. All started and finished at Keighley College.

This year’s sportive was organised in partnership with the Queensbury Queens of the Mountain all-women cycling club, which also had a contingent of members taking part and helping out.

“The day went really well – it was a huge success,” said Manorlands fundraiser, Andrew Wood.

“We had great feedback and the involvement of the Queensbury Queens of the Mountain was fantastic. We’re extremely grateful.”

The event included a hill climb at Haworth in memory of Chris Mitchell, who was supported by Manorlands.

His widow Miki is a member of the cycling club, which chose the hospice as its charity of the year.

Elise Fitzgerald, communications officer for Queensbury Queens of the Mountain, said the club was delighted to be part of the sportive and with its success.

“To have so many people take part and for the event to raise that amount of money was fabulous,” she added.

“It was a fantastic thing to be involved with.

“We are always happy and smiling and we hope that the ‘Queens effect’ was felt by others!”

Mr Wood thanked the event’s sponsor, All Terrain Cycles.

He also paid tribute to Keighley College for its support, the Ring O’ Bells at Shipley for sponsoring medals, the many volunteers who performed a range of duties, and everyone who took part.