Back in June, after travelling over 400 miles, battling the British weather, and transport network, twenty of the Wymondham Young Farmers Club
members returned to Norwich in one piece, having completed their Big Bike Ride in aid of Big C.
They set off from Edinburgh on the Queens Diamond Jubilee weekend, with their four-person tandem bicycle and riders/supporters in tow, they were helped along by the beautiful sunshine in Scotland and throughout the journey they had buckets collecting donations. Their aim was to cycle around 75-80 miles a day, while some were pedalling away, others rode along behind in the minibus, resting up for their next turn. It wasn’t all sunshine in the sky though as they had to stop a few times before they left Edinburgh, 2 flat tyres along the way as well, and of course the weather to contend with. By the time they got to Scarborough it was pouring with rain, not to be deterred though, they carried on through it all and brightened the damp mood by performing their own rendition of “Singing in the Rain”.
Passing through Yorkshire they encountered their worst part of the ride – the hills. Unlike Norfolk, Yorkshire isn’t known for being the flattest of counties and the bike certainly wasn’t built for endurance. However they battled through all this, and even beat their daily target to reach a fantastic 97 miles that day, finishing around midnight. Tired and exhausted they went to rest but, of course, had to be up again the next morning at 5am for a 6 o’clock start.
So after a challenging few days, they were nearing the end, and after an annoying interlude on the A47 due to the Police stopping them and asking them to stop cycling, they were then off again and on the approach to King’s Lynn. Encouraged all the way they went for the final hurdle to get to Norwich.
Met by a rapturous reception back in Norwich at the Big C Office, they said they “felt relieved the bike had made it, and relieved in general that they had finished”. They had lots of support and help along the way with people offering up free camping, assisting them in fixing the bike when it broke, in all they only had to pay for one nights accommodation, so Thank You to all those who helped them out along the way.
Asked why they chose the Big C as their chosen charity, they said that “a lot of us have been affected by cancer, so we wanted to get involved to support our local charity”. So far they have raised over £6’000 for Big C, which is a fantastic amount and will go towards helping projects right here in Norfolk. So a big well done to all those involved, for such a fantastic event.
Their calendar “Classic Poses” is still for sale so do pay a visit to their website: www.wymondhamyfc.org.