17th June 2010
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Back in mid-April I received an e mail via the Longden Parish website, asking if the Ride Across Britain cyclists could use the Longden Village Hall for a pit stop. [more...]
On a bright, sunny 17th June around 600 cyclists riding across Britain from John O’Groats in Scotland to Land’s End in Cornwall, arrived in our village. This was the seventh day of the nine day event, with the cyclists covering an average of 114 miles a day and passing by such beautiful places as Ben Nevis, Loch Ness, Lake Windermere before arriving in Shropshire and then going on to Wales, the West Country, Bodmin Moor and finally, Lands’s End on the 19th June.
The event was led by James Cracknell, Gold Medal Olympic rower, to raise money for the Paralympic team 2012 and other worthy causes such as Help for Heroes. Accompanying James were other athletes such as Rebecca Romero the Olympic cyclist and also paralympic athletes such as Jody Cundy. It was also good to see local people such as the Pooks brothers and Nigel Russell (a local GP), all undertaking this daunting challenge.
The children from Longden Primary School lined the road as the cyclists arrived and gave them a very warm welcome which was much appreciated by the cyclists. The children met James Cracknell and were able to listen to Jody Cundy tell them about his life as a disabled athlete and ask him questions.
It was a great day for the village and we wished the cyclists well as they made their way to the Long Mynd and on to Ludlow to their camp for the night. We felt very sorry for them though – as they had the steep Asterton Bank to climb next!