“Set off at 8am with the slow group. The sadistic route planner managed to turn a tough route into an unbelievably tough one! We headed out to Sale then to Gatley and down to Prestbury before heading to Bollington and the mother of all hills (or so I thought). That hill went on forever and was soul destroying. We then had a great downhill to Whaley Bridge before spotting a refuelling stop (pub) in Chapel. Bacon butty, coke and coffee went down well! We then headed for Castleton and an even bigger hill which wouldn’t have been out of place in a mountain stage of the Tour de France! And just to make it more enjoyable a thick black cloud and horizontal rain helped us along! Then the sun came and an amazing downhill to Castelton where I was doing 30mph with my brakes full on. Shortly after this a pedestrian managed to walk out in front of me and although I hit him managed to stay on the bike and offer him some words of advice about crossing the road and looking where he was going. Another refuel stop followed in a lovely cafe where a generous man gave us a tenner donation. The hills then kept coming and by the time we got to Dronfield me and Kenny were struggling! We hit a steep hill up to Eckington that made us stop for coke and a mars bar – which has now become a stable part of my diet! I then managed to fall off for the first time but only hurt my pride. After 63 miles and one last hill we arrived in Barlborough. Quick shower and change then off to the Ashlea Club in Clowne where Rob and Amanda Waller put on a great night. The club was packed (and thanks to everyone who came) and the longest raffle in history took place as 53 raffle prizes had been donated. The staff at the club did us proud and I can’t thank them all enough! The fact that I had ridden didn’t stop Clare and Sharon making me buy tickets. Also I have been told I have skinny legs way too often in the past 2 days!”

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