Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Sportive Bike Ride 15 July 2018
Finally, the day of reckoning was now upon Maureen, who had worked hard to regain some of her former fitness to cycle the 30 mile route on the NNUH Sportive and raise money for the hospital.
We arrived at the start shortly after 9.00 am to be greeted by Chairman, Chris Knowles. Scott with wife, Lisa plus son had also just arrived. Shortly afterwards joining this illustrious group was Ian Spencer, David Carrier, Christine Cooke and Nick Poulter. We missed saying hello to club member, Paul Stretton, who was by then already on the 100 mile route. We were, however, pleased to meet up with his wife, Dylis, who kindly took photos of the group, and wished us luck and a good ride.
After a brief pep talk from the starting marshall we were sent on our way following the white signs out of the hospital.
One factor that would influence the speed of the ride and also the stamina of the group was the unrelenting heat of the day, which made constant intakes of fluid essential.
We left the start going past Colney and then along to Wymondham passing near the infamous Kett’s Oak to ride to Suton and then along Spooner Row. By now all thoughts were on how far it was to the feed and drink station.
At the feed station we had a chance to rest and refuel before setting out once again into the blistering temperature.
We rode along the B1113 touching Hargate, Tacolneston where our orderly ride was enlivened by a couple of horse and carts’ riders clattering along the road, which needed to be overtaken.
Finally, we passed a sign post to Malbarton and then riding at last on very quiet lanes we made our way back to the hospital.
Kindness itself, all riders stopped to let Mo ride across the finishing line first.
Maureen writes “I am so grateful to all the North Norfolk Wheelers and their families, who came out to encourage and to ride with me. Thank you everyone for your support and donations”.
Footnote 1. Congratulations to Paul on riding the 100 in 5 hours 36 minutes.
Footnote2. As everyone enjoyed the day we hope to run this again next year.
Footnote 3. Latest indications are that Mo will have raised just over £1,000 for hospital funds.