New cycling fund-raiser in Whitby for RNLI

Nathan Brown, Scot Wicking, Ben Laws and Hugh Ramsden''w120116b
Nathan Brown, Scot Wicking, Ben Laws and Hugh Ramsden''w120116b

FUND-RAISERS are being urged to get their wellies at the ready with the aim of raising thousands of pounds for the RNLI.

The popular RNLI Welly walk is back in Whitby for a second year and this year there is a new twist to the money-spinner.

In addition to a 21-mile sponsored ‘Welly Walk’ along the Cinder Track from Scarborough to Whitby, people are invited to take part in one of two fun cycle rides.

Both events take place on Saturday 21 April.

The RNLI Cycle is designed to appeal to a wide audience of supporters with a choice of a 20-mile or 40-mile ride, both starting and finishing at Whitby Abbey car park.

RNLI events co-ordinator Chloe Mould said: “The routes take cyclists out into the stunning landscapes between Whitby and Scarborough, taking in a section of the off-road Cinder Trail as well as plenty of hills to give those amazing views out towards the coast.

“The shorter route heads down past Robin Hood’s Bay before looping back up towards Whitby on country lanes.

“Those brave enough to tackle the 40-mile route continue all the way down to Scalby before testing their legs on the way back to Whitby.”

Cyclists will be issued with a route map and there will be marshals dotted along the way to encourage everyone along; the routes are mainly on road with only the Cinder Track sections off-road.

A warm reception will be waiting for all cyclists at Whitby Lifeboat Station when they finish.

The cycle ride costs £16 to enter the 20-mile route and £18 to enter the 40-mile route.

Entries include a free RNLI t-shirt to cycle in and all participants will also be asked to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship.

On the same day, walkers are invited to tackle a 21-mile route along the Cinder Track, also finishing at Whitby Lifeboat Station for a well-earned hot drink and cake.

Last year’s RNLI Welly Walk in Whitby attracted about 150 people and raised around £6,000 for the RNLI.

People are encouraged to bring their wellies along but not for the full walk.

People are asked to raise £42 - the price of kitting out a lifeboat crewman with a pair of wellies.

Station coxswain Mike Russell added: “We have exhausted the bungee jumping and done the short walks.

“With the cycling we are trying to attract as many people as possible, families and all ages.

“We usually get a good response and we are very grateful.”