Event - Knight Riders blog
Knight Riders - Barry, Nigel, Peter, Terry
The blog is in two parts (so far), there is the main (relatively) factual reporting on this page, and then there is the rather more 'interesting' version written by Peter 'man-kini' Davies. You can read his version if you CLICK HERE
First entry - written on Sunday 26th April:-
Second entry - written on Wednesday 29th April:-
The four of us are off tomorrow to begin our ride as 'Knight Riders' on Friday. Thanks to all who have so generously sponsored us. I think I will make my target, enough for the cost of the equipment needed as a Community Fast Responder. The total from Shirley Late Knights for me is £750; fantastic and many thanks. Round Table has added a wonderful £200. Peter is still adding up his pledges, but its a good sum.
Third entry - written on Friday 1st May:-
Successfully completed day one; very wet, cold but triumphant. 44 miles on the GRS, and 3,400 ft of ascent. We had a storm until well into the afternoon which made things uncomfortable to say the least. Downhill, the rain hurt, like tiny needles; but we finished. Peter became the victim of severe cramp, which caused a few stops. The final hour was in sun out of Keswick and that gave us a nice finish. 37 miles tomorrow, away from the Lake District and up onto the Pennines. Thanks for thinking of us.
Fourth entry - written on Saturday 2nd May (8:15am):-
Pics at start of ride. Us. Seventeen others in a team. Nigels puncture before we even started Terry is doing email. Very wet so no more photos.
Fifth entry - written on Sunday 3rd May (10:30am):-
We met Ray and Lana at the top of Hartside for a welcome cup of tea. He looked well. Then we plummeted down to our overnight stop in Carigill. Good BnB. Hard start with me doing the road and the others going off road. Silly bugg++ers. I have been waiting 30 mins already.
Final (??) entry - written on Monday 4th May (2:15pm):-
Well done to the Webmaster for sorting website
(considering his computer was broken for much of the weekend!). We drank
a toast to you on the beach at Sunderland.
We finished all in one piece. Nigel fell off into a pond
which we photographed. See attached below ...
Post event summary notes from Terry Flower - plus additional photos
162 miles, 20 hours in the saddle, 13106 ft of ascent, max speed 43 mph (that bit was exciting). We are very grateful for the support and sponsorship from 41 Club, and to Dave, Mary & Jenny for the logistics.
Day 1, Friday, was cold, wet and windy, altogether a challenging 44 miles from Whitehaven over the Lakeland Fells and beyond Keswick.
Day 2, out of the Lake District, along the Eden Valley and onto the Pennines. A navigational error at Penrith added 12 miles even before we climbed up Hartside, resulting in a 53 mile ride today.
Day 3, and 3 more big hills before we enjoyed a long and truly exciting off road descent and then a ride into Consett. A broken chain earlier in the day as we were crossing the moors, miles from anywhere, was the biggest problem, but that was fixed out in the wilds.
Day 4, the final day was just 25 miles to the North Coast at Sunderland.
Read Peter's version by clicking the title below:-
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