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We have recently been asked to provide an escort on Cole Porters Last Ride. Cole was a 21 year old bike man young man who was involved in a serious RTC on Christmas Day……sadly succumbing to his injuries the following day. His family and friends had requested a ‘bikers funeral’ for him. The motorcycling community responded in the way that they always do and more than 200 of them assembled outside his house at Partington near Manchester and having given the very noisy ‘bikers salute’ of high revving bike engines followed Cole who was in a motorcycle hearse on a very challenging circular route to the crematorium at Altrincham where he was laid to rest in his motorcycle decorated coffin.
The eight bike marshals were able to keep the cortege moving constantly throughout the 10 mile journey and are very appreciative of the assistance provided by the Stockton Heath PCSOs at a very difficult traffic light control bridge and junction near Lymm.
On Sunday Morning the 3rd December we travelled to Swinton for the annual Vesperados Scooter Club Toy Run. We escorted a large posse of scooter and classic cars to Manchester Children’s Hospital bearing large quantities of gifts for the unfortunate kids who are forced to spend the Christmas period in hospital..
On Sunday the 10th December 2017 Some of the group attended the first Christmas Toy Run for The Rivington Bikers group. Because of the weather, ie threats of ice and snow in the area, the route had to be curtailed and several of the BM Team were forced to miss the event. Nevertheless, a crew of hardy riders, led by Alan Stockton suitably disguised as Santa, started the ride at Tesco near the Macron Stadium near Bolton, proceeding along the A6., through Chorley and Derian House bearing a mass of presents for the children who are resident there. Well done Team
We are very pleased to announce that Jonathan Brennan of E.M. Brennan Ltd have agreed to sponsor the payment of batteries for our two donated A.E.D.s. Thats fantastic news and we are very grateful for their generosity….It enhances our first response capabilities in the event of things going wrong at events and potentially saves lives.
Today we supported the runners at the Capenhurst Circuit keeping them safe on the narrow lanes and roads. Great to see the lovely Denise Lavery, one of the organisers and even managed a couple of photos !
Tim Walton Thank you guys! Your presence and contribution to the Cragg Challenge was invaluable, and what’s a cycle race, running race or tractor run without Bike Marshals? Love your work!
On Sunday, we attended our ultimate major event of the 2017 season at Cragg Vale in West Yorkshire which is one of the longest continuous hill climbs in the UK and which was featured in the Tour de France a couple of years ago. Four of the Bike Marshals Team supervised an ambitious program which included a cycle hill climb, a children’s relay run, several distance runs and even a tractor run !
It was a hard working day for us, we hardly stopped …but it was enjoyable all the same. We hope to be back in 2018
Earlier this year we assisted in a ride out for 11 year old Kyle Buckley from Bolton. Kyle suffered from a very rare form of cancer and funds were being raised to send him to the USA for treatment….the campaign was ‘Smile for Kyle’. On the day, with the support of many members of the biking community Kyle and his Mum was transported to an event riding in a trike….he really enjoyed his ride which was escorted by the Bike Marshals Team.
Regrettably, Kyle succumbed to the terrible disease a couple of weeks ago and we had the honour and privilege to again escort him, this time on his final ride, firstly to the church and then on to the cemetery again accompanied by a large number of bikers. We send our sincere condolences to Carol, his Mum and his family…….Rest in Peace Kyle….You are free from pain and discomfort.