After two apparently exhausting days in the wilderness of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire this year’s cohort of 22 Biking Vikings arrived back at the Welby on Sunday afternoon just in time for some stew and dumplings and a few pints. This annual fundraising venture has now amassed nearly £60,ooo for Children in Need. A magnificent achievement by any standards. This year’s route was cunningly prepared to test those riders with short memories. It’s not so long ago that the Biking Vikings rode a similar route which brought them into contact with the charms of Gratton Dale, a steep sided valley that is perfectly passable in dry firm conditions. Unfortunately the first attempt occurred following the rainy season (also known as summer in the UK) and rather than cycle through Gratton Dale it was necessary to push and carry mud caked machines for nearly two miles. It was with some surprise therefore that that this year’s route also took in this delightful part of Derbyshire and of course no surprise that history repeated itself. Nonetheless the intrepid riders regrouped for an evening in Derby before setting out on a misty trail along the Trent Valley to Nottingham and onwards home.
It’s very easy to show your support for The Biking Vikings. You can donate by going to their Just Giving page. Please do as much as you can to help.
A lot of work goes into organising the event and the commitment of Martin Jackson to the Biking Vikings over two decades has been steadfast. Martin is ably supported by his daughter Mel and a backup team who were on hand to help throughout the weekend. Thanks should also go to Matt and Anna for their hospitality at the end of the ride.