A CHARITY bike ride is set to become an annual event after a successful first year.
Ride for the North, in aid of Barnardo’s will set off from the courtyard of Ripley Castle for the second time on July 5, with the riders expected in Edinburgh three days later.
Last year’s event saw 27 cyclists complete the route, raising more than £30,000 in the process, and booking is now open for this summer’s 220-mile ride. It follows quiet roads with overnight stops in small towns and there is time to enjoy the attractions along the way, including the River Swale in Richmond, Hadrian’s Wall country and the Tibetan Centre just over the Scottish border.
Organiser Julie Patmore from Birstwith said: “It’s great to have a fitness goal especially at the start of a New Year.
“You’ll find it much easier to motivate yourself especially if you get a friend to sign up with you as well so that you can train together. This is a challenging ride so you will need to train but remember you’ve got all day and there’ll plenty of rest stops along the way.
“It’s great fun too as you share the experience with other riders, spur each other on when the going gets tough and share a well-earned drink and a few laughs at the end of each day.”
The team will be supported by students from Dr B’s Restaurant and Coffee Shop in Harrogate, who will be providing plenty of energy-boosting flapjacks to keep the riders on track.
As well as Dr B’s, which provides training in catering and clerical work, Barnardo’s offers several services for young people around Harrogate.
Youthbase offers temporary accommodation for 16- to 21-year-olds who are homeless or likely to become homeless, a shared break service offers regular short breaks to disabled children and the inclusion service helps disabled children and young people take part in leisure activities.
Julie is keen for as many people to sign up as possible, saying last year’s participants had enjoyed the experience.
One of them, Roger Middleton from Harrogate, said: “The organisation is first class, there’s a big emphasis on fun, but with the knowledge that it is for a worthy cause – a fantastic event.”
For an information pack, including details of how sponsorship money will be spent, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07803 037439. To find out more about Barnardo’s projects, visit www.barnardos.org.uk.