But at the last minute the rain dried up and around 200 Father Christmases set off on a one mile run – or walk – around Huddersfield town centre.
The annual event, organised by Huddersfield Lions and sponsored by RRG Toyota, is in its fifth year and enables local charities to raise funds with out worrying about all the administrative costs and bureaucratic hassle.
Colne Valley Conservative MP Jason McCartney and his two daughters Daisy and Eleanor were part of 21 runners who ran on behalf of the Joseph Salmon Trust which provides financial advice for parents who have lost a child.
Founder Neil Salmon, of Marsh, said: “That is a lot for a little charity like us. We have raised over £600.”
On Saturday 13th September, a team of 20 cyclists set off from Ripon to take part in the 2014 Sainsbury’s Big Bike Ride. Each rider represented their own store with their own story to tell. Raising funds for The Joseph Salmon Trust and representing Sainsbury’s Brighouse was Kieron Baker, 21.
“I like setting myself personal challenges whether is physical or educational. I also lost my mother to cancer when I was 17 and know what it feels like to lose somebody close.”
The Sainsbury’s Big Bike ride was certainly a challenge for Kieron and it was a fitting time for the ride, following on from the Tour de France earlier in the year.
Kieron says “We started early in the morning from Ripon, North Yorkshire and went to various Sainsbury’s stores on the way including Harrogate, Bradford, Otley, Keighley, Halifax and finally Brighouse! Most of the route was very hilly and was used by the Tour de France cyclists. There were still British flags hanging in towns and writing on the roads!
Pictured above are Kieron’s colleagues and staff from the Brighouse store. Joining him at the finish line were Neil and Rachael Salmon from the Trust along with their daughters.
So how did Kieron feel at the finish?
“Relieved, exhausted and proud.” says Kieron.
Sainsbury’s Brighouse have chosen the Trust as their Charity of the Year for 2014/15 and we look forward to working with them and fundraising together.
By Josh Cutler
In June 2014, 3RT set a challenge to its members to ride a Coast to Coast ride from St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay in support of the Joseph Salmon Trust.
Date for Completion: 19th July 2014.
3RT is a small (but forever growing) Cycling Team based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire holding around 30members, but with each member comes an ever growing family of Cycling Enthusiasts, Beer Enthusiasts and for some a Racing Team.
Only 4 of the 14 3RT Team members that put themselves forward to ride had rode this sort of distance before and all 14 of us knew the challenge ahead was going to be no ‘Steady Sunday Club Ride’, we new we would have to put our body into places and pain it hasn’t before and as they say ‘Go Once a Year Deep’ to ensure we finished the ride together.
Of course this was not all about the cyclists, we weren’t just doing this to be able to tick the forever growing ‘Bucket List’ accomplishment of saying “I rode a Coast to Coast”, we did this to be able to support a local charity to the team, the Joseph Salmon Trust. 3RT’s and the youngest rider (19 years of age) to take part (Josh ‘Dougie’ Cutler) set up the Just Giving Page to ensure what we did was spread across Social Media and the internet and plenty of money was raised for a great cause.
Having only set the page up a fortnight before the ride, 3RT worked hard as a team to gather sponsors, hitting the £500 target in the first 24hours of the page being set up which then grew to £1000 after a week and hitting a full and massive figure of £2500 on the eve of the ride.
Dave Micklethwaite (Team Manager) originally agreed to support the Regular and Reserve soldiers from 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (4 YORKS) on a Coast to Coast ride which would incorporate a 6-man relay team and a 6-man full distance team, but 3RT being 3RT decided to volunteer to ride with the army across the gruelling route.
A 14 strong 3RT team and 5 Army cyclists braved the torrential weather to complete a ride in excess of 165miles from one side of England to the other, riding through Various terrains, towns, cities and even including a portion of the Tour de France Stage 1 route.
Although the rain didn’t let up from the first mile to the last, the group left St Bees at around 4.30am – after travelling up in a Horse Box and Mini Bus from Huddersfield – completing the ride in just over 10 hours riding time and having numerous refreshment stops throughout.
Josh, better known a Dougie, for reasons two long for this report said “It was phenomenal the immediate response we got for the ride. I set the target at an ambitious £500 and when we’d hit that within the first day it was a surreal feeling. Knowing now that we actually more than quintupled our target just shows how much support 3RT has as a small local team and how much respect you can gain from completing such a massive challenge”.
Team Manager, Dave Micklethwaite, who was once one of the best racing cyclists in the United Kingdom had a few less words to say, but with just as much meaning. “It was wet; it was brutal and we raised some Cash, that’s how 3RT role”.
Another of the riders Brendan Devlin, and I’m sure he won’t mind us saying – one of the oldest members of the team said “Once i looked left off the bridge and saw Whitby harbour in the sunshine, with 10 hours riding, i knew i had done it and I drifted off the back of the group to enjoy the last three miles nice and quietly into Robin Hoods Bay”.
3RT and the Army were not the only ones that ventured out for the ride, the 3 ladies that followed and drove with the Group all day were fantastic. Helen, Kelly & Paula (wives and volunteers of the 3RT members) drove support vehicles for the length of the ride and i know for a fact we would not of been able to complete it without them. A huge thank you to the girls!
3RT would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone that sponsored us for the ride, if it wasn’t for all of you, the effort would not have meant so much to us all and had done so much for a great cause!
What followed the ride was a fun day with the Lindley Swifts just off Ainley Top, where various events, stalls and activities were available. 3RT (renowned for their Social antics) were there in full force and enjoyed a day celebrating their achievements. A further £1000 was raised!
Last up, please follow 3RT on twitter @3RTRacing as these sorts of antics are just an ordinary day in a Black and Red Jersey.