2,100 cyclists helped to raise £33,000 for the Noah's Ark Children's Hospital for Wales by taking on the Cardiff to Tenby Carten100 challenge.

The event celebrating its 20th anniversary has now raised over £200,000 in total for the children’s charity.

Among those to complete the challenge on Saturday, May 11 was 14-year-old Billy. William who was the youngest to take part part in the112-mile journey.

William wanted to take part in the challenge that most grown adults would find difficult to raise vital funds for the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales after his 11-year-old cousin Evie has been treated there since birth.

The charity event kicked off from the iconic Cardiff City Hall with a rolling start from 7.30 am, before finishing in the centre of the seaside town in Tudor Square, with the walled town closed to traffic from 12 noon to 8 pm.

On what was one of the hottest days of the year so far, cyclists then headed down to the harbour to the finish pavilion to collect their finishers T-shirt and complimentary meal, as well as well deserved refreshments at the longest bar in Tenby!

Carten 2024 finish
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Former Wales and British Lions rugby star Shane Willliams was also spotted completing the challenge; whilst David Joey Howland became the first ever person to run the Carten, thanking the people of Tenby who welcomed him in with bottles of champagne at the finish!

Many of the charity’s supporters turned out to cheer cyclists along the route including seven-year-old Esther from Tenby who received treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia at the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales last year.

Carten finishers
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Noah’s Ark Charity events manager, Sam Barnard, said: “We’re delighted to have been nominated as the chosen charity for the Carten100 again this year, for the fourth time in its amazing history.

“Funds raised from previous years has helped fund life-saving equipment like ventilators and incubators and services like emotional support and the play specialist team.

Carten cyclists
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“As a charity, we support the 73,000 each year who come from across Wales to receive specialist care at our nation's only children’s hospital.

“The ongoing support of the Welsh public is vital to us so and we’d just like to say the biggest thank you to the Carten team for choosing to support the Noah's Ark Charity again this year.

“Congratulations on your 20th year and well done to all those who took part!”