170 miles for meadows!

May 15, 2013

In three weeks (and counting!) one brave YDMT trustee is taking to his bike for the epic 170-mile Way of the Roses cycle ride, to raise money for our Hay Time appeal.   

Team YDMT will be headed up by David Shaw, YDMT trustee and instigator of this fundraising madness challenge. David (who has been training hard for months to prepare for this test of endurance) will be joined by some of the YDMT team (who have not!) on the trip from Morecambe to Bridlington. We’ll also have support from friends and supporters who will be joining in en-route.   

David Shaw, YDMT trustee, trains for the Way of the Roses bike ride to raise money for the Hay Time appeal

David Shaw, YDMT trustee, trains for the Way of the Roses bike ride to raise money for the Hay Time appeal

Joining David for some, or all, of the route will be:

  • David Sharrod, YDMT Director, whose catch phrase “training is cheating” about sums it up!
  • Supporter Nita Tinn, whose ‘punishment’ of choice is normally running, has dusted off her bike in aid of YDMT and is determined to finish the whole route on two wheels.
  • Lindsay Wallace (me!), representing YDMT’s Fundraising team, and hoping to complete Day 2 – Burnsall to York, without getting lost!
  • Jo Boulter, Project Officer, who will be sensibly using a combination of pedal power, electricity and petrol to complete the 170 miles as she alternates between an electric bike, pedal bike and the Team’s Support Vehicle!

So, with our padded shorts and energy drinks at the ready, here’s the route we’ll be taking on:

Day 1: Morecambe to Burnsall – After dipping wheels in the Atlantic Ocean, Team YDMT hope to get through Lancashire by lunchtime. Some beautiful scenery to follow as the route passes through stunning parts of the Dales (and up some of its steepest roads!).

Day 2: Burnsall-York – passing through the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (including the notoriously steep and twisty section around Pateley Bridge), past Fountains Abbey and on to York.

Day 3: York-Bridlington – through the Vale of York before heading towards the east coast and the finish line where we may be taking a dip in the North Sea to celebrate!

There has to be a very good reason for taking on this extreme challenge! And there is. We’ll be raising money to support the Hay Time appeal, to enable YDMT to continue vital work to protect and restore wildflower hay meadows in the Dales, and to safeguard the rare wildlife species they support. Please help by sponsoring us https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/ydmtroses

Thank you!