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.
On Sunday the 10th September 2017 our team supplemented by four members of our friends from Bikemarshals ie from Ireland supported the Pedal for Scotland Sportive event when almost 10,000 cyclists tackled two main routes between Glasgow and Edinburgh. A total of 15 motos were involved, a big part was to facilitate the movement of the general public across the closed road course. It was hard work but enjoyable non the less. It was fantastic to work with our friends from ‘over the water’ ! There was a social aspect of the weekend however, we all enjoyed a joint meal at the Premier Inn
‘Slainte’ Ted,Shamus, Pat and Callum’ Safe journey home guys.
I’m sure the riders in the TLI champs today would like to thank the Motorbike marshals for doing a fantastic job in keeping everyone safe. Well done Gentlemen.
It is with great sadness I have to report the passing of our old friend Gav Bache the leader of our sister organisation Midlands Bike Marshals……Gav and I cooperated greatly, many long hours spent on the phone together planning and exchanging views and opinions to enhance our joint passions of safety at events. Gav was also a computer guru and was responsible for the design and building of this website. Our prayers and sympathy go to Fiona and Gav’s extended family and of course to our great friends at Midland Bike Marshals Ride With The Angels Gav (Safely of course !)
Last Sunday, most of the team member met up for a pre-season get together. After enjoying a lovely carvery lunch at the Toby Carvery we travelled the 250 yards to nearby Warrington Fire Station where we used the Community Room for our meeting. We discussed various topics as to how the Group was progressing and the events we are booked on this season. It was fantastic and very unusual to get everyone together at the same time…..we must try to do it again ! The three wives escaped across the road to Matalan for some retail therapy.
This week….six of our members attended a training session hosted by members of the Knutsford Community First Responders Group learning how to save lives, practising CPR and becoming acquainted with the A.E.D. (Automated External Defibrillator) of which we now carry two machines whilst attending events. A.E.D.s are now becoming quite regularly available to members of the public to use in an emergency…and whilst they are very simple to use, its much better if you have had some basic training. The Knutsford group offer FREE training sessions monthly…….
Eight of our members will be attending a Heartstart Course on tthe 2nd of February when they will be honing their first aid skills and learning about our newly acquired AED (defib) The course is organised by Knutsford Community First Responder Trust and is open to members of the public FREE OF CHARGE. They have successfully trained hundreds of people in the area in dealing with heart attack emergencies in the Knutsford area, their First Responders attend Red Calls on behalf of North West Ambulance and undoubtedly many lives have been saved by the group of volunteers.
Our grateful thanks to Adrian and his Knutsford Community First Responder Trust team for facilitating this free training to the Bikemarshals group.