An 11-year-old cycled 100km as the Cotswolds’ answer to the Tour de France returned.

Some 150 cyclists turned out for the Tour d’Ilmington last weekend.

The event has been held for five of the past six years and sees riders taking on either a 10-mile, 30-mile, or 100km ride around the Cotswolds.

Organised by Shipston Rotary, the riders are not timed however most completed the classic 100km route within seven hours.

“The aim is to stage an event that allows cyclists of all abilities and families to enjoy a ride around the Cotswolds escarpment and the Vale of Evesham,” said a spokesperson of Shipston Rotary.

“That is why we have a 10-mile route aimed at families and those of lesser ability; the 30-mile route for the more competent cyclist seeking a climbing challenge; and the 100km route for experienced cyclists wanting to cover a greater distance."

Cotswold Journal: 150 cyclists took part in this year's Tour d'Ilmington150 cyclists took part in this year's Tour d'Ilmington

The day did not come without drama as one cyclist was injured right at the start of the classic route following an accident, receiving treatment from the Cotswold First Aiders.

There were also many success stories, including that of 11-year-old Thomas Gray from Wellesbourne who became the youngest cyclist to complete the 100km route in the event’s history.

It was a big success for the Rotary too, with around £4,000 raised in total.

The event is one of two key fund-raising events held each year by the Rotary Club of Shipston-on-Stour charity fund, the other being the Victorian Evening.  

The money raised will be shared between local, national and international charities and good causes.

Shipston Rotary recently donated £3,000 to the Rotary Ukraine relief fund and spent £500 for 296 Usborne dictionaries for year six pupils in Shipston and its surrounding area. 

Cotswold Journal: The event, organised by Shipston Rotary, raised around £4,000 for charities and good causesThe event, organised by Shipston Rotary, raised around £4,000 for charities and good causes