The third annual Jo Cox Way bike ride in memory of the late Labour MP passes through Derbyshire on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th July during the first two stages of its 282-mile journey from her West Yorkshire constituency to London.
Jo’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, will for the first time be cycling the entire route of the five-day ride designed to highlight the resilience of communities that have been struck by acts of terror and raise awareness of groups across the country who work tirelessly to bring people together. The ride also raises the profile of the Jo Cox Foundation, a charity set up to advance the causes championed by Jo, and the More in Common movement.
The Jo Cox Way begins in the late MP’s Batley & Spen constituency on Wednesday 25th July, when the group of amateur cyclists sets off from Princess Mary Stadium, Cleckheaton. They will arrive at Bankside, Southwark, London, four days later (Sunday 29th July), with overnight stops in Great Longstone, near Bakewell, Derbyshire, Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, Banbury, Oxfordshire, and Uxbridge, Middlesex.
Day 1’s 49-mile ride passes through Bamford, the Hope Valley, Hathersage, Grindleford, Calver and Hassop before arriving at Thornbridge Outdoors, Great Longstone, nr Bakewell, for an overnight stop. The route can be viewed here.
As the cyclists head off for Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, at 9am the following morning (Thursday), local people are invited to come along and show support by cheering them on their way – or jumping on their bikes to pedal alongside for a while or even the rest of the journey. Day 2’s ride passes through Over Haddon, Youlgreave, Dale End, Elton, Aldwark, Longcliffe, Brassington, Knockerdown, Yeldersley, Ednaston, Hollington, Longford, Marston on Dove, Anslow, Tatenhill, Barton-under-Needwood, Walton-on-Trent, Coton-in-the-Elms and Grangewood. Day 2’s route can be viewed here.
Kim Leadbeater said:
“The bike ride is an opportunity to focus on the resilience of communities when horrific things happen such as Jo’s murder, the terror attack at London’s Borough Market and the tragedy at Grenfell Tower. These horrendous circumstances have a way of making people pull together to work for the common good.”
The ride’s arrival at Bankside will see the cyclists greeted by members of community support groups, including those from Grenfell Tower and Borough Market.
Photograph: Jo Cox’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, and The Jo Cox Way founder Sarfraz Mian prepare for this year’s cycle ride from West Yorkshire to London