Kate’s Coast-to-Coast adventure
Last week our Teesside Account Manager Kate Young set off on her bike on the ‘Way of the Roses Coast to Coast’ in aid of the Bloodwise charity. Kate and her team have raised almost £3000 which was inspired by the charity which help fund research and offer support to those affected by Leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood cancer related disorders. Departing from Morecambe on the morning of the 15th of July, the team of 16 riders faced a 170 mile route through the Lake district, York, East Yorkshire and the final destination of Bridlington over a 3 day period. Throughout the journey Kate personally recorded the mix of challenges, testing weather conditions and mixed emotions over the 3 day period as follows:
15th July – Day one. Morecambe to Malham (46 miles)
We set off from Middlesbrough in the mini-bus and support van at 8:30am to drive to Morecambe to start the weekend. We then set off from Morecambe on the bikes at about 1pm in the rain and it rained and rained and rained all day. It was what I can only describe as a Monsoon. This part of the route was very hilly and there were a few falls on my part just because my legs would give out just shy of the bough of a hill! All in all it was a good warm up for what was to come. Luckily we had a great support team following us in vans with first aid, food and kit support as we had several flat tyres, popped chains and minor injuries!
16th July – Day two. Malham to York (79 miles)
Starting on tired legs was hard and we were straight back out onto more hills in the Yorkshire Dales. This was the toughest day even though the weather was lovely, with most of us getting into York just before 10pm after a full day in the saddle. I hit ‘the wall’ at about 2pm at the top of Patley Bridge which was the biggest climb on the route but after boarding the ‘sugar train’ at Brimham rocks I found a rhythm and just powered through. This was the most scenic day and we passed through some gorgeous places. The descent from the top of Patley Bridge was insane, my fasted speed on route at 37.8mph -I didn’t dare touch the brakes! This was both a physically and emotionally draining day resulting in me scrapping the original plan of cocktails in York in favour of pyjamas and a take-away.
17th July – Third and final day. York to Bridlington (45 miles)
We started the day speaking to my sister-in-law who was in the hospital caring for her partner and the inspiration behind our challenge. She advised us that he was really proud of us all and wanted us to push the fundraising limit past £3000 as a team. Its safe to say there wasn’t a dry eye in the group but it was what we all needed to start the third day as our bodies were starting to wilt! Most of this route was flat and very sunny meaning we could stick together as a team and just enjoy ourselves. We came into Bridlington just before 6pm to a crowd of family and friends who had driven from Teesside to meet us – pretty emotional to say the least.
After a few daft photos we decided it would be best to run into the sea with all our cycling gear on and cool off! I’m pretty proud of myself and my in-laws who completed the challenge as most of us didn’t even own a bike until 4 months ago. And of course I am pleased to have raised so much money for a charity that isn’t ‘a sexy charity’.