Pedal power for young farmers

Young Farmers in training for their coast to coast cycle challenge'picture submitted
Young Farmers in training for their coast to coast cycle challenge'picture submitted

YOUNG farmers from Eskdale will be swapping silage for cycles when they undertake a 190-mile coast to coast bike ride.

On the 7 September the group from Eskdale Young Farmers will set off from Whitehaven and ride from the west coast to the hills of the Lake District, via the Yorkshire Dales and finally finish four days later when they dip their tyres in the sea at Whitby beach at about 3pm on Monday 10 September.

Whatever the weather the riders will be covering 45 miles per day in their bid to make money for Whitby lifeboat as well as raising the profile of the Eskdale District Young Farmers’ Club.

A spokeperson for the club said: “As well as the RNLI being a fitting charity with the coast to coast theme, the members also believe that the lifeboat is a valuable asset to Whitby, and the community can’t afford to lose it off our coastlines after responding to 70 call outs in just over a year.”

There are five young farmers clubs from Whitby, Lythe, Danby, Loftus and Stokesley which all come under the umbrella of Eskdale Young Farmers.

It added: “Being a Young Famer is not all about muck and animals; it’s about having fun, learning and achieving.

“This coast to coast bike ride is a great example of the kind of activities members can get in to and just one of many charity fund-raisers they take part in each year.”

The youngsters are now in training for the big weekend after digging out old push bikes from sheds, giving them a quick service and making sure they are capable of the 190-mile journey.

Local companies have helped out the cyclists with sponsorships and they are also individually looking for their own sponsors.

If anyone would like to sponsor or support them contact Emma Kirkbride on 07584 281165.

l A fun day is also being held on Sunday 12 August at Lealholm Cricket Club from 4pm with BBQ, fun, games and a bouncy castle. Everyone welcome.