Over 500 bike riders enjoyed another great day in the Ribble Valley Bike Ride bike on Sunday 14th June in 3 distance classifications around the Ribble Valley and Yorkshire Dales with the longest distance being 100 miles.
This event was spearheaded by the Rotary clubs of Clitheroe and Accrington and supported by members from local Rotary clubs who acted mainly as Marshalls. This was the second time such a project has been attempted and it entailed much planning as the riders travelled through Whalley, Settle, Ribblehead and Hawes, then through Kettlewell, Gargrave, Downham and back to Whalley.
Sponsors were Beacon Bikes, Dare2B Clothing, Bowker Motor Group and Envair Clean Air, and together with entry fees the amount raised is estimated to be over £10,000 most of this will be going to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. In addition individual bike riders will be getting sponsored which will help increase the amount going to this Charity and other Charities.
8 members from the Rotary club of Church and Oswaldtwistle acted as Stewards at the finish of the event and provided cover over 8 hours that oversaw all the riders arrive home.
Michael Jackson from the Rotary club of Church and Oswaldtwistle paid tribute to the 2 organising clubs for putting on such a successful bike ride and singled out Bill Honeywell from the Clitheroe club saying “ Bill has worked tirelessly on this event and should be congratulated for all the hard work and planning he has done. Bill is a remarkable Rotarian having raised funds for many charities over the years with bike rides the length of the country and all over Europe-he is a real hero!”
This project helps promote the image of Rotary and is a credit to all the members who helped make it such a success.
Photos by Franco. The first photo is of organisers Rotarians Bill Honeywell and Malcolm Baldwin with the bike riders. The second photo shows Rotarians Aslam Mohammed and Michael Jackson.