Cyclists set to raise the roof with 150-mile trip

Rev Mike Leigh (in red) and some of the cycling team during one of their preparation rides.
Rev Mike Leigh (in red) and some of the cycling team during one of their preparation rides.

A team of 11 intrepid cyclists from St Mark’s Church, Newby, are hoping to raise more than £5,000 by tackling a three-day bike ride.

The journey from Morecambe to Scarborough, covering 150 miles, will raise cash for the church roof fund.

The team, led by the vicar of St Mark’s Rev Mike Leigh, will set off by minibus on Sunday (30 April) at 2pm for Morecambe where they’ll stay over night before starting their ambitious ride on Monday morning.

Rev Mike said: “The first day and a half will be the most challenging crossing the Pennines.

“Some of the riders are quite experienced at long distance trips while others, like myself, have never done anything like it. But I’m confident we’ll all make it.

“The team have been training hard for this all winter and we will have two support vehicles with us all the way.”

There will be overnight stops at Scargill House near Kettlewell in The Dales and at the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Training Centre at Easingwold before they finish the ride at North Bay Corner at about 4pm on Wednesday 3 May where a big welcome is planned.

If you would like to support the cyclists please go to www.justgiving.com/stmarks-newby.