12 Snappers ride 72 miles through the Cotswolds for the Panathlon charity

Twelve of the country’s top sports photographers have raised over £2,500 for Panathlon by spending a day cycling through the Cotswolds.

The second annual bike ride of its kind, the Panathlon Tour of the Cotswolds saw top sports freelancers compete alongside agencies to help support Panathlon’s work with disabled young people.

After weeks of beautiful late summer weather, autumn turned up in full force as the cyclists set out on a circular route from Burford village in wet and chilly conditions.

The 72 mile circuit included four key climbs with a total ascent of around 1,000m, with a King of the Mountains prize up for grabs to the first cyclist up the final category five climb.

Henry Browne (left) receives his King of the Mountains award from Panathlon Chief Operating Officer Tony Waymouth

That prestigious honour went to Henry Browne of Reuters, who has photographed numerous Panathlon competitions in recent years, so has seen first hand the benefits that the charity brings to disabled young people across the country.

“Panathlon gives these youngsters the chance to play competitive sport against each other when a lot of the time they don’t have that opportunity at their schools,” said Henry.

This year’s ride built on a successful first Panathlon Tour in Oxfordshire in autumn 2014, which saw six photographers raise £1,500 to support back-to-back Panathlon competitions at Stoke Mandeville in May.

Next year’s cycle promises to be even bigger and better, with tour coordinator Gerry McManus planning a bigger field, along with team colours and Tour de France-style jerseys for the leaders.

Panathlon Chief Operating Officer Tony Waymouth said: “It was fantastic to see the guys brave the elements to take on our second Panathlon Tour. The event is getting bigger and better each year, with more support from across the photography profession.

“The money they’ve raised really makes a difference and helps to create opportunities for disabled youngsters across the country, which many of the guys have seen first hand. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our cyclists from everyone at Panathlon. We look forward to seeing you again soon.”

You can view some of Henry’s work and that of our his fellow photographers our fantastic photo gallery. We hope to see all of the photographers again in the near future and who knows, it could be at a Panathlon Challenge near you!You can view some Go-Pro footage of Panathlon Tour of the Cotswolds in the video below.