Ride was full of highs and lows
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)