Regular readers will remember how ickledot took photographs on several of Sue Ryder's Manorlands fund raising events in 2014. This is continuing in 2015 and there was an especially exciting publicity shoot last Wednesday. Manorlands is a hospice which looks after people with long term illness and it happens to be in Sunny Oxenhope where ickledot lives. The care given is second none but this obviously requires money. Thankfully Sue Ryder has a fantastic and innovative fund raising team. They are constantly thinking of new ideas in addition to running the ones which have been going on an annual basis for many years. The latest one's entitled Midnight or Bust and it's a cycling event. The Manorlands website explains exactly what this entails but basically it involves cycling for four hours, setting off from Oxenhope at 8pm, getting as far as one can and then returning before the striking of midnight. The organisers needed to have an idea of how far someone might reach in that time and what practical difficulties might occur. Thankfully the nearby village of Oakworth has its very own professional Olympic cyclist (he rides for JLT-Condor), Tom Moses, who was willing to be the guinea pig on this occasion. The logic would be that however far he cycled would be beyond the reach of anyone other than another professional and his limit could be set as that of the course.
It was ickledot's job to document Tom's journey through photographs, from start to finish. Most exciting! Despite the weather, which was dull and blustery with squalls of rain at times, Tom was able to cycle beyond Buckden in the Yorkshire Dales and back, a distance of 128km. And he did it within the allotted four hours.