Words and photo by Dave Barry
Friday the 13th was the inauspicious date chosen for a 65-mile bike ride from Scarborough to Leeming Bar.
But, apart from a few punctures, the ride went well, raising money for Children in Need.
The cyclists work at Scarborough Hall nursing home, where the ride began after a short delay to fix the first couple of punctures.
Tyres on Tanya Adcock and Jessy Aziz’s bikes were punctured the previous night, when they rode them to work.
They didn’t realise at the time so had to repair them just before they set off the next morning.
The team was nearly at the top of Stepney Hill when the third puncture struck.
Tanya and Jessy were joined by Jade Ashwell, Andy Lucas, navigator Lauren Moor, the home’s administrator, Liz Murphy, activities assistant Skigh Beedham and maintenance men Andy Lucas and Jeff Grober.
Jeff, Skigh and Liz were bringing up the rear in a support minibus.
After Stepney Hill, the hardest part was the long slow climb from Helmsley up towards Sutton Bank, where they stopped to empty lunch bags prepared by chef Iain Crossland.
“The bikers did amazing”, said Skigh afterwards. “We made it there for 4.30pm”.
The bike ride was part of a fundraising effort involving staff at the 71 homes owned by the group Brighterkind.
The first team started in Inverness and the last will finish in Jersey on 16 November, with over 2,000 miles covered in total. Each team passed a teddy bear from home to home.
The Scarborough Hall staff also had a car wash, charging £5 a vehicle.
“Last year we did a pyjama day”, Skigh said.
The aim is to raise £17,500.