Cyclists work up a thirst for charity

Cyclists who completed a charity bike ride form Derby to Skegness. L-R Roy Judge, Ange Shore, Steve Scire - cyclist, Nicky Scire, Kevin Boole - cyclist, Lea Scire, Paul Shore - cyclist, Andy Neal - cyclist.
Cyclists who completed a charity bike ride form Derby to Skegness. L-R Roy Judge, Ange Shore, Steve Scire - cyclist, Nicky Scire, Kevin Boole - cyclist, Lea Scire, Paul Shore - cyclist, Andy Neal - cyclist.

A pub is not a bad place to arrive at the end of a marathon cycle ride from Derby to Skegnesss.

A group of riders enjoyed some well-earned liquid refreshment at Yates’s pub after finishing their long-distance journey.

It took 11 hours to complete the 100 mile charity challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The team of five, from Derbyshire, decided to raise cash for Macmillan after a close friend was diagnosed with cancer.

They received a rousing reception from friends and well-wishers including Skegness Mayor George Saxon as they arrived weary, but elated.

Bucket collections at the pub boosted the total, which stands at £2,500.

Team member Paul Shore said: “It was okay up to the 85 mile mark, but the last 10 or 12 miles felt like 50.

“None of us are keen cyclists and had to buy bikes to do this.

“We decided to go to Skegness as we thought it would be easier cycling through Lincolnshire, but it wasn’t as flat as we 
thought.”

He added: “We had a fantastic welcome, with around 30 people there to meet us including regulars from Yates’s and the Mayor of Skegness .

“I am not a regular visitor to Skegness, but will be in the future after getting such a fantastic welcome and making some great new friends.

“Seeing the Skegness sign gave us a big gee-up.

“With everybody cheering we felt we could have done it again. But I started to feel quite sore after the adrenalin rush wore off.”

Yates’s Bar supports regular fundraising events in Skegness for Macmillan Cancer Support organised by head door supervisor Amanda Bowley.