A Heartfelt 'Thank You' from the Geriatric Cyclist!

March 7, 2021

Nigel messaged me with the final total for the Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride this year, which is  1,066 pounds I believe, the second highest we've ever raised. Well I say 'we' because of course you've really raised it, since it is your money which makes up the total. This year was somewhat unusual to say the least, and I strongly suspect that 2021 will be exactly the same. I could write a much longer article on the real reasons for the continuing situation, but I'll stick to the point for the sake of brevity. I feel it likely that I may well do the same thing again this year, but I'll be delighted if I'm proven wrong.

        I will certainly pay more attention in my planning to the knotty problem of getting out of Manchester in the first place, and avid readers will know that due to minor technical difficulties (I got lost!), I wasted a lot of time at the start of the ride, when in the dark and with almost no one around, I rode round and round the scenic (hardly!) byways of Manchester city centre.

           I will of course keep everyone updated as events unfold, but in the meantime I would just like everyone to know that I really do appreciate the support (and as I get older I may well need to invest in one!) you all give me and trust that this finds you well.

Best wishes,

John Thorpe.



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