Seaside cycle to bowling club

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Charity bike riders from Rastrick Bowling and Social Club completed their challenge last Saturday.

Organiser Chris Smith said: “A big thank you must go to everyone who helped out on the day including Bob Smith for providing transport for the bikes from Rastrick to Blackpool and the drivers of the support cars for the riders providing them with food, fruit and refreshments along the 76-mile cycle route.”

The cyclists went from Blackpool through Preston, then up the hills of Keighley all the way up to the highest point in Calderdale at Queensbury and from there on it was a nice eight-mile stretch downhill to Brighouse and one final uphill climb to the bowling club in Rastrick.

The 15 cyclists all completed the ride with the first four back within the five hour thirty mark and the last two returned after cycling for nine-and-a-half hours.

“We had a big paddling pool to cool the riders down and a pint ready for each cyclist to enjoy when they reached the bowling club,” said Chris.

Overall a fantastic day was had by all and an even better night knowing the hard work was over and done with.

“We haven’t yet counted up the sponsorship money but once it is done we will be organising some photos as we hand over the cheque to the Forget Me Not Hospice,” added Chris.

A big thanks is also passed onto the Tesco store in Brighouse, which provided plenty of fruit for the riders and certainly kept them going.

The club has also been raising funds for its football team and the hospice over the summer and back in July it held a very successful race night, which again was supported brilliantly by local businesses donating prizes.

Raising a glass for festival

l Tonight (Thursday) at the Barge, the jam session is with Dean from The Trees. On Friday State of Confusion will be performing, followed on Saturday by J B Goode. Sunday evening’s live music will come from Mike Raffone and the Bluetones.

l This Friday night at Lightcliffe Club, Jiving Jeff has an evening of rock and roll and they will have live music from The Defenders, who hail from Huddersfield.

l In celebration of the Brighouse Canal Festival, Marsha Jones at The Old Ship Inn will have six rotating guest beers available this weekend. Live music from Georgia Farrar, a female guitarist, from 8pm on Saturday, plus traditional pub singers The Shabbycats on Sunday from 3pm. On Saturday and Sunday they will also be serving pie and peas for just £2.50 all day.

l This weekend Rachel Bray at Jeremy’s will have live music from the In Echoes Trio, Friday night from 9pm. Saturday, also from 9pm, Smiler, and the Sunday acoustic will come from Db3, 4pm until 6pm.

l Owners of Brooks Restaurant, Darrell and Petra Brook, will have live tea time jazz on Sunday from 5pm.