18 property professionals from across our office network have completed a charity cycle ride from Walney Island on the west coast, across to Whitby on the East coast.
The 180 mile ride was completed in just three days in support of Core, a UK based charity that helps fight a range of digestive conditions.
About the ride:
This is the second time the firm have undertaken the W2W – the first time being in 2009 – when we opted for the shorter and slightly easier Wearside ending. This time, the group chose to do the alternative Whitby end to the route.
The first day’s riding was a bit of a shock to the system, as it is far tougher than many of the group were prepared and the climb up ‘Bigland’, a plateaued outcrop just before Cartmel, almost had a few of the group chucking the towel in early! After that, the route settled down a bit, which made for a very pleasant and scenic trip through Grange and onto Levens. We stayed the night at a funky bunkhouse called ‘Lumley Fee’ which is owned and run by the Wheatsheaf pub in Brigsteer, just a mile or so north of Levens and so slightly off the route.
At the start of Day 2, most of the riders got back to the route fairly easily by heading east from Brigsteer, down the hill and crossing the A591 – picking it up at Natland (although some of the purists re-joined at Levens so as to ensure none of the official route was missed out!). The weather brightened and a few blue gaps in the clouds started to appear. This was the day everyone has been bracing themselves for – about 70 undulating miles and the ascent of Tan Hill before tea. We took in a short, mid-day stop at the Chocolate Shop in Orton, and had lunch at Kirby Stephen. The actual ascent of Tan Hill is quite unusual – as it’s not particularly steep – just circa 7 miles of energy-sapping incline. The bonus of reaching the top is, of course the free wheel down towards Barnard Castle – which those in the group on a mountain bike particularly enjoyed although those on road bikes were left a little bit shaken-up.
For the start of Day 3 the weather was good, with plenty of blue sky and the wind to our backs. The terrain for the first part of the day is far less hilly than the previous two so the group moved at a good pace through the pretty countryside and villages of Teesside, stopping off for refreshments in Hutton Rudby and Great Ayton. After this things changed as we hit the North Yorks Moors, as you would expect there is a fair amount of steady climbing, but this seemed all too-cheaply given away in rapid down-hill bits. As such, the up/down/up/down nature becomes very noticeable and tiring. This continues almost all the way to Whitby – so the average pace over the last 25 miles or so dropped considerably from what we had been doing earlier in the day. Nevertheless, the entire group successfully reached the Whitby ending, with various levels of relief, to dip their wheels in the North Sea and gorge themselves on Fish & Chips.
Nicki Hood, fundraising manager at Core commented, “We are so touched that the Sanderson Weatherall team chose Core to benefit from their Big Bike Ride for charity this year. Your generosity helps us spread the word that if your gut works, life works, and we should never take this for granted! Thank you so much for joining the driving force for research into gut health, and ultimately getting answers for families who so desperately need them.”
Simon Heather, partner in our Manchester office and organiser of the annual trip said, “This year’s ride was amongst the toughest that we had done, with a number of challenging hills dotted throughout. As always we were absolutely delighted to have completed the trip as a team, at the end of the day it’s about grouping together and helping each other across the finish line. On behalf of the team, I would like to say thank you to everyone that has donated as the support that we received really does make all the hard work worthwhile.”
The team’s fantastic efforts have already raised over £2,500 but they would like to push on and try to reach a fundraising target of £3,000. There is still time for you to donate and you can do so via our JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sw2017.