Sunset to sunrise event

Riders from Bikers4Macmillan arriving into Skegness in 2012 after the Sunset to Sunrise event. The riders will be taking part in the event again on June 22-23.
Riders from Bikers4Macmillan arriving into Skegness in 2012 after the Sunset to Sunrise event. The riders will be taking part in the event again on June 22-23.

Once again hundreds of bikers will be setting off from sunset to sunrise to help raise money for an important charity.

The annual event will see the riders setting off from Holyhead at sunset on June 22 and journeying to Skegness , with the aim of arriving at sunrise on June 23, around 4am.

Funds will be raised as part of the Bikers4Macmillan initiative, which has taken place annually for five years.

During the overnight ride, the team will be setting off from Southstack car park in Holyhead at 9.30pm, before then travelling across the country with the aim of arriving at Skegness by 4.15am just as the sun rises.

They will not be allowed to use any motorways during their journey.

“Last year’s tour was a great success with 113 riders completing the 256 miles and raising over £20,000,” said a spokesperson.

“Due to last year’s increased popularity we have had to cap numbers to 200.

“The route is fully marshalled and there are plenty of fuel andrefreshment stops along the way as well as the odd bacon butty thrown in,” they added.

Throughout the year, the group organise trips rides and visits with some fund raising taking place along the way.

The hundred plus bikers from across the UK rode off into the night last June, with many from Skegness.

After 257 miles last June, in constant battle with the wind and rain, the riders arrived at the Seaview pullover, Skegness at 4.30am to be greeted by Coun Steve Kirk where they were supplied with tea and bacon sandwiches courtesy of The Storehouse, North Parade.

The formation of the group was the brain child of Steve Freemantle and Pete Brown who both came up with the idea while at work at RAFC Cranwell Lincolnshire, since then, Bikers4Macmillan has grown and grown.

To enquire about any remaining places, those interested are asked to pre-register (Rider only £10, rider and pillion £15) through the website at www.bikers4macmillan.org.uk/overnightride.aspx.

All funds raised will go towards Macmillan Cancer Support.