A ‘breeze’ in the sun

Following a cycling and hiking event where members of South Fylde and Preston Groups raised over £3,000 for charity, 10 cyclists and seven walkers, together with family and friends, gathered at Glasson Dock on a warm but breezy Sunday morning for a new challenge. On this occasion however, raising funds wasn’t the object, although it had been arranged by South Fylde Charity Steward Dave McKee

Pictured from left to right, are: John Parkinson, Kevin Byrne, Tom Cutler and David Winder.

Pictured from left to right, are: John Parkinson, Kevin Byrne, Tom Cutler and David Winder.

At 10 o’clock, having waved the cyclists on their way, the walkers enjoyed a relaxed 12 mile trek from Glasson to the Lancaster Priory and back. Meanwhile, the bikers set off at pace, hugging the cycle path up to Lancaster with Geoff Saul, Vice Chairman of Preston Group, leading the way.

On leaving Glasson Dock, the cyclists route took them to the Millenium Bridge at Lancaster, which they crossed then headed west toward Heysham and Morecambe. Weaving their way through rural and urban landscapes, they circled this peninsular and returned to the Millenium Bridge with just a bit of a sweat on! Proceeding across the bridge they returned to Glasson. Of course, everyone felt exhilarated after their exertions and in Dave’s words: “25 miles, a breeze!” Hmm, yes?

Having crossed the Millenium Bridge at Lancaster, they headed west along the cycle route with John Parkinson leading the way. John’s effort was the more noteworthy  as he had already cycled from St Annes to Glasson, a distance of some 26 miles. It has to be said, however, that John is a very keen cyclist.

After negotiating a number of hills along the way, they arrived at the coast.  Here they decided that the best course of action would be to stop and refuel, (bacon and sausage sandwiches). The venue chosen was a very pleasant ‘fuelling station’ called the Half Moon Bay Café. Here they enjoyed a leisurely repast overlooking Morecambe Bay.

Refuelling at the Half Moon Bay Café.

Refuelling at the Half Moon Bay Café.

Refuelling complete, they set off in a northerly direction towards Morecambe, Dave McKee leading the way with David ‘Wiggins’ Winder in close pursuit. Leaving the promenade behind them, they rejoined the cycle route and set off back to Lancaster and Glasson, passing many a cyclist on the way.

They arrived back at Glasson, much invigorated, some two and a half hours after leaving. A roll was called, which discovered that all 10 starters had safely returned. Even South Fylde Group Chairman Ian Ward had managed to stay on his bike! Was it a breeze? Well, sort of. Perhaps asking John Parkinson, once he had cycled home to St. Anne’s, might have provided a more accurate answer!

The walkers, who included Sue Winder, John and Susan Porter and John Dawson, returned a little later. They had been joined for part of the way by Dave and Helen Barr and their two sons, one of whom was resplendent in fine walking clothes and strode off at a great rate of knots. Their route had followed the bikers as far as the Millenium Bridge; their lack of speed allowing them to enjoy the views across the estuary far more. They then made their way towards Lancaster Castle and Priory where they planned to break out the packed lunches. The lack of bikes and speed also enabled them to enjoy conversation on many topics. Their repast was enriched by the sounds of the priory choir rehearsing for evensong, while they enjoyed the view of the Lakeland Fells in the distance.

Returning towards Glasson Dock they studiously avoided the many hostelries they had noted on their outward journey for the want of time. They were greeted on their arrival at Glasson Dock by David Winder. He brightened the end of their excursion by the words ‘ice cream’, so it was cornets all round.

Everyone concerned considered it to be a very successful and enjoyable event. The next trip is already being planned of which details will appear on the South Fylde website.

The end of the road. Pictured from left to right, are: Janet Dalton, John Parkinson, David Winder and Tom Cutler.

The end of the road. Pictured from left to right, are: Janet Dalton, John Parkinson, David Winder and Tom Cutler.