Ride was full of highs and lows

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By TARA DUN­DON

A TRIO of traf­fic of­fi­cers swapped their po­lice pa­trol cars for pedal cy­cles in a bid to ride 188 miles from the high­est to the low­est pub in Eng­land.

Dar­ren Osker (36), from Stil­ton, Richard Jack­son (44), of Holme and Leigh Fen­ton (28), of Ram­sey, set off on Satur­day to take on the gru­elling ride from the Tan Hill Inn, near Keld, in the York­shire Dales to the Ad­mi­ral Wells pub in the vil­lage of Holme, near Peter­bor­ough.

They are rais­ing funds for the Hos­pi­tal at Home scheme, which Dar­ren’s mother Mar­garet, from Or­ton Gold­hay, Peter­bor­ough, has been in­volved with for the past 30 years.

Part of NHS Peter­bor­ough’s Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, the scheme gives treat­ment and pal­lia­tive care to help se­ri­ously ill pa­tients re­main in their own home.

It is sup­ported by a friends group, which raises cash to sub­sidise its ser­vices.

The Cam­bridgeshire po­lice of­fi­cers spread the word about their pedal pow­ered chal­lenge and 25 Ad­mi­ral Wells reg­u­lars and Holme vil­lagers joined them for the ride – the old­est rider be­ing 78. The trio struck on the idea af­ter com­plet­ing an 89-mile cy­cle chal­lenge, from Ox­ford to Cam­bridge, for the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion last year. Dar­ren said: “Last year we cy­cled in aid of the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion and, al­though it was good, we felt we were ready for more of a chal­lenge.

“We got out heads to­gether and it was men­tioned that the Ad­mi­ral Wells was the low­est point. Some re­search on the in­ter­net re­vealed that a pub in the York­shire Dales was the high­est.”

The Ad­mi­ral Wells sits at 9ft be­low sea level, mak­ing it the low­est pub in the Bri­tish Isles. The high­est pub in Eng­land, The Tan Hill Inn, is 1,732 feet above sea level. The trio and their sup­port­ers left the Tan Hill Inn on Satur­day morn­ing and ar­rived in Holme in time for Sun­day lunch at around 2pm.

They trav­elled through York­shire, Not­ting­hamshire and Lin­colnshire and stopped at a bed and break­fast to rest their weary legs on Satur­day night.

Dar­ren said the group had looked for­ward to a well-earned pint when they ar­rived at Holme.

How­ever, he said the keen cy­clists were ready for any­thing the chal­lenge had to throw at them. He added: “We all cy­cle at the week­ends for about 40 to 50 miles at a time so we were fully pre­pared for what was ahead.”


HIT­TING THE HEIGHTS: David Whittington (sec­ond right), land­lord of the Ad­mi­ral Wells pub, with cy­clists Dar­ren Osker, Ja­son Dick­in­son, Lee Fen­ton and Andy Mur­phy, who rode to his pub from the high­est pub in Eng­land. (METP-23-06-10AS203)

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