Manchester and Cumbria are notorious for one thing in particular: rain! And it certainly rained aplenty on Saturday when Mr Dickson successfully completed his 68-mile cycle ride from Urmston to Silverdale.
Mr Dickson was accompanied on his ride by Al and Sarah de la Hoyde, who shared the riding and the driving. Yes, I’m afraid the cycle ride was one–way only, so motor transport was used to ferry riders and cycles on the return leg. For the most part, cycling involved riding through some exceptional Lancastrian and Cumbrian countryside, although large centres, like Preston and Lancaster, could not be altogether avoided.
Having started at around 7.50 on Saturday morning, stopping occasionally for brief breaks to ensure bodies were properly nourished and hydrated, a slightly longer (lunch) break was taken in Conder Green, just south of Lancaster. This ensured that the cyclists were sufficiently re-energised to tackle the final 20 miles of the journey. They finally arrived at Holgate Caravan Site, just beyond Silverdale and across the Cumbrian border, at 2.50 p.m. – exactly seven hours after setting off. And then it was off for a chippy tea in Arnside. Perfect way to finish the day!
The cycle ride was undertaken in order to raise money for two Christmas parties, hosted by our sixth formers, one for Senior Citizens, the other for children from Delamere Special School. If you have not already made your donation, please consider doing so. This can be done through ParentPay, under Mr Dickson’s Lakeland to Lakeland sponsored cycle. A big thank you to all who have contributed already.
And a special thank you to Mrs Dickson and to Al and Sarah de la Hoyde for their support on the day, and particularly to Al who also accompanied Mr Dickson on numerous training rides ahead of the big one.