Calverton to Whitby Abbey to Newstead Abbey (2008)
Having missed a year it was felt time to get back on our bikes and raise some much needed funds for the Colts. A couple of new riders volunteered for the marathon weekend, Sam Hodgson & Mick Hucknall . On the support side Mark & Rowley Beardsall, Pat Corcoran & Mick Bradwell put their names forward.
The route had been planned months in advance, this year covering up to 150 miles from Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire to Newstead Abbey in Notts. For most of us several weeks of training were needed to get into shape, Graham had warned us that the route was not easy, and the weather may be a key factor.
Sponsor tickets were available from June and distributed around the Club, from Under 8s through to the senior sections. Money was coming in steadily through July & August up to the big weekend on Saturday 23rd August. We arrived at Whitby Abbey at around 10.00am, disappointingly the staff at the Abbey were not very helpful regarding getting a photo in front of the Abbey, wanting entrance money of £5 each for the privilege.
Anyway we got a photo from just outside the grounds and promptly set on our way, sweeping down the hill back into the harbour area. From then on it was a 7 mile steady climb out of Whitby to the first stop.
The weather was perfect, the sun out and little breeze, a few minutes to get everyone back together and we were off again turning into the moors through Egton, from here the real test of stamina & mind were put to the limits on some of the steepest terrain. The pain was worth it with some stunning views over the moors all the way through to Pickering. As the afternoon rolled on so did the hills and the weather began to change with an increased wind. By early evening and 60 miles later we entered York for the overnight stop at the Youth Hostel, which proved to be a great choice, cheap , clean, its own bar, restaurant, & close to the City Centre. After a shower we all went out for a drink & meal, and into York.
A goods night sleep and a great breakfast before we packed up and set out on the final leg of the ride to Newstead. Whilst not as testing in terms of the terrain, it would be a test of stamina to keep up a good pace for close to 90 miles. Apart from a detour adding about 5 Miles before the midday break there was little drama, fortunately Graham realised we were going in the wrong direction before it became a disaster. Even the weather just about held out with just a light shower in the morning.
I have got to say a thank you to the new boys & support team this year. Mick, Pat who always seemed to have a smile on his face, Mark & Rowley who had a joke for every occasion. Thank you..!
At 5.30pm we rolled into Newstead Abbey, and with just 200 yards to go I got a puncture, the only one over the weekend. A quick change of bikes and another chance of a photo shoot in front of the Abbey before getting back on the bike for the last 6 Miles into Calverton.
Once again we got a great welcome as we rode up Collyer Road, which can be very emotional for anyone who has sat on a tiny saddle for 2 days; only those who have been involved can understand what it means to receive such a welcome.
To end the evening Bill headed up the Traditional Auction & Sponsor Prize Draw. Thanks to Alert Motor Cycles who donated the First Prize and everyone who won an item at the auction. Your contribution is so important. I believe we made well over £4,000 which is already helping both our Junior & Senior sections prepare for the new season.
Thank you to all the riders who wanted to be involved once again, it was a great weekend. I should point out that everyone involved on the ride pays their own accommodation, food, drink, not forgetting the time they have given up in training, planning & organising and on the weekend itself. We don’t take anything out; every pound received from the ticket sales goes back into the Colts.
Thanks to the committee in your efforts to ensure the boys got the welcome they deserved and everyone back at the club who made the effort to support the cause.
At Whitby Abbey
At Newstead Abbey
Bike Riders Approach Club Up Collyer Road