On Sunday 17 July Sarah Graves and I took part in this year’s Cycle the Solway event in aid of Eden Valley Hospice. There were three different routes to choose from depending on each cyclist’s ability ranging from 10km to 100km. Sarah completed the 50km route and I, along with two of my sisters Alison and Yvonne, completed the 100km route; which actually turned out to be 102km!
All routes started and finished at the Wellington Inn, Great Orton. Alison, Yvonne and I decided to cycle from Kirkbride to the start and finish respectively, rather than chance the limited parking in Great Orton, which added a further 25km to the already long distance of 102km of the organised route.
After arriving at the Wellington Inn shortly after 9.00am we queued to register and were then organised into smaller groups to be released in short intervals.
Leaving Great Orton we cycled through Orton Rigg, Woodhouses and Hardcake Hall before heading through Abbeytown via Lessonhall to the first feed station at 19km. After refilling our drinks and enjoying the delicious flapjack we set off again cycling through Westnewton and Allonby before we were treated to the cobbled streets of Silloth!
From Silloth we continued to Skinburness before returning through Abbeytown stopping at the second feed station at 60km. From there we headed through Newton Arlosh and Angerton before cycling on through Anthorn, Cardurnock, Bowness-on-Solway and Port Carlisle where we stopped at the final feed station at 87km.
After leaving Port Carlisle we took the marsh road to Dykesfield taking care to avoid the sheep and cows! From Dykesfield we headed to Thurstonfield before returning to Great Orton where we were delighted to finish together with a time of four hours and forty five minutes.
We thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and would like to thank the staff and many volunteers from Eden Valley Hospice for such a well organised event and for keeping us refreshed and refuelled throughout the day.
Posted: July 20th, 2016