With blue skies forecast, a gentle breeze and ideal cycling conditions, Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Winder, South Fylde Group Chairman Ian Ward, acting Provincial Senior Grand Deacon Dave McKee, accompanied by David’s son-in-law, Gary Richardson and Dave McKee’s friend and keen cyclist, Tom Cutler, decided to do a ‘dummy run’ round the Guild Wheel, Preston, prior to the Sponsored Cycle ride on 19 April, The Preston Guild Wheel is a 21 mile ‘greenway’ that encircles Preston, linking the city to the countryside and bringing the benefits of a beautiful outdoor space.
The quintet set off from the Preston Dock area traveling in a clockwise route around the Wheel. Taking advantage of the warm weather many other cyclists joined them. It was a bit of a shock to all when David Winder took off at a blistering pace which the others had difficulty matching, causing one wag to comment: “Who does he think he is, Bradley Wiggins?” Whilst others exclaimed: “Sir Bradley Winder, more like!”
Equilibrium was restored when they stopped for a rest at the café at Avenham Park. The group enjoyed some light refreshment within this fine park designed by Edward Milner, the 19th century designer who had begun his career working for the 6th Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth.
Approximately two and a half hours later the ‘Team South Fylde’ arrived back at the dock, slightly leg weary. Dave McKee described it as: “A … good run out, but some were struggling after a while. We may have another go before the day.” Ian Ward’s comment was, “At the end, we were all fighting fit and wanting to do another circuit”…..? Hmmm, yes!
No doubt many people will be out to cheer the team on 19 April and sponsorship forms will be available for last minute donations. The event sets off from the car park at the Bull Nose, just off Chain Caul Way. Let’s hope the weather proves as ideal as on the practice weekend.