Tandem Lions team up for roaring test

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A pair of lions are doubling up to go in tandem for a major fundraiser.

Wetherby Lions Club members Chris Atkinson and John Boulton will take to the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride (GYBR) on a tandem built and provided by Dean Buckle of Wetherby Bike Shack.

Lions president Robert Rolfe said: “They have never ridden on a tandem before, so they intend to get lots of practice before the big day.

“Dean has been giving them some advice and they made their first tentative outing on the tandem recently, under the watchful eye of Dean.”

The Great Yorkshire Bike Ride (GYBR) is an annual event organised by John Taylorson MBE with the help of logistical support from Wetherby District Lions Club and has raised over £1.28million over the last decade for participating charities.

The route is from Wetherby Racecourse to Filey Brigg, a distance of about 72 miles over a carefully chosen route across the Yorkshire Wolds.

There are five rest stops en route with the main lunch stop at Terrington, where food and drink are supplied free of charge.

Up to 2,000 riders can enter and every year late entries have to be turned away, such is the reputation of this fantastic event.

The event takes place this year on Saturday June 18 and the main participating charities include Epilepsy Research UK, Heart Research UK, Yorkshire Cancer Research and Wetherby District Lions Club.

Donations can be made to participants’ chosen charity via the GYBR website www.gybr.co.uk and by following the link “Online Fundraising” which uses Virgin Money Giving (VMG).