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‘Hearts & Minds’ – Ride Together - Saturday 15 July

  • Location Sutton Bank National Park Centre
  • Price from £20.00


8am – 5pm
We are working with the British Heart Foundation and local charity, The Tom Parsons Trust, to bring to you our very first cycle ride event!

Get on your bikes and join others to celebrate and support your incredible heart, mind and natural environment. Choose between two beautiful and undulating circular routes, 20 miles or 53 miles. They will take you by Abbeys, sheep, heather, curlews, market towns, spectacular views, woodlands and moorland! 

Kindly supported by Sutton Bank Bikes, who are providing mechanical assistance on the day. 

You can check out the routes by clicking on the links below (both routes are entirely on road):

Timings on the day:
  • 8am – 9am Registration 
  • 8.30am First wave of long route leaves
  • 9.30am First wave of short route leaves
  • 5pm Cut off time, all riders need to be back

(Please note for safety reasons participants will be set off in small groups at 5 minute intervals)

Cost: £20 for the 20 mile route, £45 for the 53 mile route. 
Price includes parking and finishers medal.

There is no requirement to fundraise on top of your entry fee, however every extra penny really helps support the work we all do and for those who would like to, we have set up a GiveWheel page for you to do this. 
The money raised from this event will help us support The Tom Parsons Trust and British Heart Foundation to discover new ways to diagnose and treat Myocarditis, and also support the North York Moors National Park Trust deliver outdoor activities for vulnerable adults. Find out more details about these worthy causes below.
As an incentive for the rider who raises the most money in fundraising for the event, we have kindly been donated a spa voucher which we will award them!

The Tom Parsons Trust
Tom’s Story
Tom was a lover of rugby, horse racing, biking, and the gym, Tom was athletic, fit and healthy. His friends were a huge part of his life, as was his girlfriend Steph. He loved his job working at Smart Flo as a plumber and was a very happy 22-year-old. At the time of his sudden death, Tom was on holiday in Zante with his friends. Initially, the diagnosis was unclear, but it appeared to be a cardiac problem that was the cause of his untimely death. After several months of further investigation, the autopsy showed the cause of Tom’s death was myocarditis. Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle which causes degeneration or death of heart muscle cells. Myocarditis can be mild and cause virtually no noticeable symptoms. The most frequent symptom is chest pain. Often, myocarditis improves on its own without treatment and can lead to complete recovery. However, in some cases, like Tom’s, along with 5% to 20% of other young adults, myocarditis can rapidly progress to heart failure. The real challenge is diagnosing myocarditis and the best way to treat the disease is not known. Yet we do know that for the best outcome, an accurate early diagnosis may allow for treatment which will ultimately minimize or eliminate myocarditis progression to heart dysfunction, failure and sudden death. Our fundraising efforts will enable researchers and physicians to advance development of accurate, rapid diagnostic methods and safe, effective therapies. The Trust also wanted to give something back to the local community for their support when Tom passed away. We now have purchased twelve and maintain eight defibs in and around Malton and Norton. Please follow us on Facebook The Tom Parsons Trust.

The British Heart Foundation
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the biggest independent funder of heart and circulatory research in the UK. We’re currently funding over 750 projects, each led by specialist cardiology professors and scientists. These projects include vital research into conditions which are less well understood, such as myocarditis. For over 60 years the BHF has pioneered life-saving research that has helped halve the annual number of deaths from heart and circulatory disease in the UK. We’ve made huge breakthroughs, but with 1 in 4 people still dying from these diseases, there is still work to do. We’re so thankful that you have chosen to join the Hearts and Minds Ride this year to help us tackle heart and circulatory diseases, like myocarditis. Myocarditis causes inflammation of the heart muscle. It can develop suddenly, can be recurring or it can be long-lasting. In cases like Tom’s, if the inflammation is severe, it can cause devastating fatalities. In the UK there are at least 300 deaths per year directly caused by myocarditis, and two-thirds of myocarditis cases are found in younger men compared to women. But the scale of its burden is likely to be underestimated in official figures. To better understand the extend of this disease, more research is needed. Our work with the Tom Parsons Trust so far has been incredible. The awareness and funds they have raised for myocarditis research has been instrumental to us. Because of their support, our researchers are getting closer to understanding the inequalities and are finding new ways to diagnose and treat myocarditis. With your help we can get there faster.

The North York Moors National Park Trust
Money raised through sponsorship will be used to support our delivery of outdoor activities within the National Park for the purpose of improving health and wellbeing, including future cycle events and walks for vulnerable adults.

Entry conditions:
  • As part of the event entry process, you will need to tick a box to confirm you have read our Event Disclaimer/terms and conditions, which can be found here.
  • Minimum age: 13 and above, all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Cancellations & refunds: PLEASE NOTE this cancellation policy is different to our other events. In the event we (NYMNPA) have to cancel the event, you will get a full refund. Please note in the event of a participant cancelling, irrespective of reason, no refund, event roll over or credit note will be given. There will be no entries on the day and no transfer and entry permitted.
  • Electric bikes welcome

Booking essential: Entries will close when full, with 200 places across both routes available.

More information will be sent out nearer to the time of the event.

We also have sponsorship opportunities available for local businesses to get involved with the event. If you are interested in supporting us, please call us on 01439 772700 or email

Sorry no dogs, not wheelchair accessible.

Photograph © Ryedale District Council and Cycle England


    What's included

  • Other parking, finishers medal and light refreshments and snacks on route.

    What you'll need

  • Food
  • Drink
  • Other Bicycle and appropriate kit


  • Custom Policy


Sutton Bank National Park Centre