Parkinson’s Disease Support Yorks Relay

Weetwood Hall

On Sunday 22nd April, Calder Clarion members rode a leg of the Yorkshire Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Relay to raise awareness of the Charity. Different forms of transport were used on the 23 legs of the relay with the bicycle nominated for the 13 mile leg from Wrenthorpe Park Wakefield to Weetwood Hall, Otley Road in Leeds 

George Masson hands Noodle
 to Gaynor Barnes

There was some heavy rain before the start and  a number of riders didn’t want to miss their Sunday Club run and so started at 7am for a fast loop around Selby devised by Martin Price before the start of the relay. After a soaking between Heath Common and Wrenthorpe this group called at Tom Butler’s to dry out, have a drink and sample some of Mrs B’s cake & scones before arriving at the relay start in time to escort the noodle (baton!), carried by Jimmy Blankley to Leeds. 

Also joining the ride were many Calder members, but the furthest travelled was Nick Firth who’d cycled the C2C (Whitehaven to Roker) on Friday and the return to Whitehaven on Saturday, with a late drive home to Sandal and a few hours sleep before riding across to Wrenthorpe.

After photographs and a rousing send off by supporters of the Parkinson’s disease support group and friends, the group set off under brightening skies, festooned with balloons and many clad in Cure Parkinsons shorts.

Gaynor Barnes flanked by George & Jimmy

George Masson led the ride which progressed at a sedate 10mph through Outwood, Robin Hood, Hunslet, Leeds City Square, Kirkstall Road, Headingley to arrive at Weetwood Hall at 11:40 to a rousing reception and a welcome by TV New Presenter Gaynor Barnes. After photographs and passing the noodle to the next group who were Heading North, there was a splendid buffet laid on for the cyclists by the Leeds branch of the Parkinsons Support group. 

The group about to start the relay
 from Wakefield.

Jimmy Blankley in charge
 of the Noodle

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