Emmerdale actor Tony Audenshaw and some of his fellow crew members took a break from their punishing film schedule to take on an even more gruelling cycling challenge in aid of York Against Cancer.

Emmerdale News: Tony Audenshaw joins crew in charity bike ride

Nine cyclists including actor Tony Audenshaw, who plays café owner Bob Hope, tackled the 185-mile Wales in a Day bike ride, which included a 15,000 feet of ascent between Caernarfon and Chepstow.

They’re took on the ride to raise money for York Against Cancer, continuing a long association between Emmerdale and the charity that has held numerous events over the years.

Emmerdale sound supervisor Dean Wright suggested the idea after being encouraged by two cycling friends, who are joining seven Emmerdale cyclists on the ride.

The decision to go ahead was made over a curry, with Tony suggesting the money raised be given to York Against Cancer.

Tony sadly lost his wife Ruth to cancer last year, and Dean said: “Because of everything that’s happened we put our hands straight up when he put the charity forward for support.”

Tony added: “There’s an association with York Against Cancer through York Rocks (the annual concert that Emmerdale and local musicians hold to raise money for us).

“The work that York Against Cancer does is all the really useful, helpful stuff, taking people to hospital which is draining for people when they are having treatment, and getting the mobile chemotherapy unit out and about and giving people respite stays.

“It is a really good, local cause, and it felt like a good fit for us, it felt right.”

Tony said his training had gone well after a shaky start. “In April this year I suddenly realised I hadn’t done anything like enough, so I got my head down and really worked hard. It’s the climb that’s was going to be the hard bit – I had done just short of 10,000 feet in my preparation and it was a challenge!”

The team did the ride on July 21, raising £2,767. If you’d like to support their efforts you can donate at their JustGiving page on http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/walesinaday-teamemmerdale