On Sunday 12th July we successfully completed 60 challenging miles from Christie’s Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride without any hiccups other than suffering sore bottoms.
We had a target of £600 to reach but in fact we raised over £1000! The charities we were riding for were The Christie Charity and The Next Step Trust. The Manchester to Blackpool bike ride is organised every year by The Christie Charity, the largest single cancer centre in Europe that helps more than 40,000 patients in the UK every year. We also raised funds for our partnered charity ‘The Next Step Trust’ in Halifax, which supports adults with learning disabilities and complex health needs.
The day started with a 5am meet at Longwood Engineering with a coach trip over towards Manchester United’s Football Ground where we all registered and posed for a photo and then we set off. In Manchester the weather was terrible with heavy drizzle but that didn’t stop us, luckily as we headed out West towards Westhoughton the sun started to poke out through the clouds. Towards Preston the weather improved further, sunny and clear skies but as we neared the coast there was a head wind which we all found difficult.
Marketing and Communications Officer Donna Wood said “The ride itself wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be but I have to say the last 10 miles were tough, particularly with the head wind. I was glad when I finally saw the Pepsi Max come into view, you knew you were on the home straight. I’m so proud of everyone, it was a fantastic team effort.”
The finish was fantastic and the atmosphere was electric, it was like ‘Tour de France’ cycling towards the finish line where people were cheering and clapping, the support from the side lines was amazing! Afterwards we all had a massage and a well-earned rest where we could relax and listen to live music.
Thank you to those of you who supported and donated towards our great causes, the money we have raised is more than we anticipated.