Last Sunday saw a group of charity-minded cyclists from Recycling Lives riding the 60 miles from Manchester to Blackpool in aid of cancer hospital, The Christie.
The group were up bright and early, meeting at Recycling Lives’ Essex Street headquarters at 6.30am to load the bikes (and their cyclists!) into the minibus. From there, it was onwards and upwards to the Old Trafford football ground – and the starting line!
A happy coincidence in one of the wettest summers since records began, Sunday saw the weather stay fine for the 10,000 riders as they made their way along the course, passing through Atherton, Leyland, Preston and Warton on their way to Blackpool’s South Promenade.
The ride was relatively free of drama, with just a couple of punctures and two tumbles (sorry, Justine and Robert!) along the way. All of our intrepid riders finished within seven hours, with some crossing the finish line in just over four – a great effort from everyone involved!
Former Recycling Lives CEO and British Cycling Association chairman Charles Jackson was keen to applaud those who took part, commenting:
“Congratulations to everyone who rode the 60 miles from Manchester to Blackpool on Sunday in aid of The Christie – I’m so pleased that Recycling Lives decided to organise a group to take part.
“As a main board member of British Cycling, I can really appreciate the benefits of cycling as a team building activity, especially when it’s done as part of such a tough event. Well done, everyone!”
Friends and family were equally proud of the group, with many of them showing up to cheer as each cyclist crossed the finishing line. Taking part in the charity ride were Jason Shinks, Jonathan Taylor, Philip Tuson, Robert Jackson, Daniel Bevan, Ben Young, Dave Allen and Mark Simpson, with Kate Jackson and Justine Kinney representing for the girls – well done, everyone!
Recycling Lives Resident James was also on hand to drive the minibus and act as the ‘safety car’, meeting all of the cyclists at set points along the route – so a huge thank you to him for supporting the team in their efforts!