Bikers arrive in Skegness after Sunset to Sunrise charity ride

Bikers arriving into Skegness during the sunset to sunrise charity ride.
Bikers arriving into Skegness during the sunset to sunrise charity ride.

Dedicated charity bikers managed to greet dawn in Skegness for the fifth year running when they rode into town on Sunday morning.

The annual event saw the riders setting off from Holyhead at sunset on June 22 and journeying to Skegness in time for sunrise on June 23, just after 4am.

This year, 86 bikers took part in the event, which raised funds through the Bikers4Macmillan initiative.

During the ride, the team set off from South Stack car park in Holyhead at 9.30pm, before travelling across the country in time to arrive at Skegness as the sun rose.

“The journey was long and tiring. It did rain from the start through to Nantwich, Cheshire,” said Sarah Birch, media co-ordinator for Bikers4Macmillan.

“It was windy whilst on the coast of Wales, and everyone was rather achy come the end, but in full spirits.

“Mayors Ronnie Williams of Holyhead and Jim Carpenter of Skegness supported us at the start/finish. Also the Red Arrows gave us a fly past demonstration at 2.20pm over the South Stack Lighthouse,” she added.

A participant has also said it was a pleasure to be a part of it and it was organised well. Nick Garner said: “The organisation and event management were excellent, the marshalls were amazing and totally on top of their game and the participants all appeared to conduct themselves with consideration and care. All-in-all it was a pleasure and an honour to be a part of it.”

Last year, the tour saw 113 riders completing 256 miles and raising over £20,000. It is hoped the event can match that amount this year.

The Mayor of Skegness Coun Jim Carpenter and Mayoress Kath Cullen also braved and early morning rise. He said: “I was happy to support such an important cause and think it’s great the amount they raise for charity.”

The route was fully marshalled and there were plenty of fuel and refreshment stops along the way.

The bikers were also provided with bacon butties courtesy of the Storehouse.

Next year, the participants hope the weather is drier but all-in-all it was described as a successful event.

“It was great to see faces old and new to the event,” Sarah added.

Throughout the year, the group organises trips, rides and visits, with some fundraising taking place along the way.