Back in the Saddle!


Despite vowing never to undertake another charity bike ride last year after riding 260 miles for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Chris Black has somehow found himself signed up for a new challenge. And this time, Chris will be joined by his brother Michael and Steve from White Rose Leisure.

This year’s challenge will involve another 260-mile bike ride over the Yorkshire hills, going from Huddersfield to Hull on the first day, from Hull to Scarborough on the second and from Scarborough to Harrogate on the third day. On the final day, the team will make their way back from Harrogate to Huddersfield.

“Following the ride that I took part in last year and raised in excess of £1500 I did not expect to be here again. I am too busy at work, have had man flu, and the weather has been horrendous. Mike has had kidney stones and been in and out of hospital and only had a bike for a month,” says Chris.

“In addition I can honestly say that last years ride was one of the hardest challenges I have ever taken part in. The weather was horrendous, it rained and snowed for 3 days, some riders ended up in hospital with hyperthermia, one broke an arm, various riders were knocked off bikes and injured, there was a crash with a loaded hearse and somehow after riding 260 miles I put 4 pounds on and didn’t sleep for a week!

“However, on the bright side we met some great people that helped us get through the daily grind and were waved and cheered all the way from the moors outside Sheffield into Huddersfield by lines of people and ended up having one of the best experiences I have ever had, all in the knowledge that sometimes you just have to give a little back!”

Mike and Chris are aiming to raise £2000 and not only have left their training to the last minute but also the fund raising. “We have stuck £1000 in to get the ball rolling so have 3 weeks to raise the rest. Any donation no matter how small would be gratefully received,” says Chris.

The Team at Huddersfield Town are aiming to raise a million pounds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and their own academy. Last year the 280+ riders contributed in excess of £300,000 and so far they have raised in excess of £700,000 – hopefully this year their target will be reached.

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About Yorkshire Air Ambulance

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance relies solely on the generosity of the public to help save lives across the region. We need to raise £7200 per day to keep our helicopters in the air. Since we launched in October 2000 we have flown over 4800 patients directly to hospitals across the region

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