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5th Leg - Altrincham to Liverpool
The fifth leg of the Clancy 40th Anniversary Bike Ride from Altrincham to Liverpool took place on Sunday 6th May, 2012 (good planning with the bank holiday Monday to recover).
The enthusiastic team comprising Liverpool office - Mike Hooper, Barry Horne, Anne Dennis & Sean Bourke, Altrincham office - Martyn Headley, Andrew & Mary Eccles, Ruth Davies & Claire Shaw, Jane Saynor, Mark & Matthew Cassidy, Richard, Julie and Jo Johnson, Andy Roberts & Kirsty Dines, Graham Ellis, Keith & Kath Divine, Duncan & Susan Baxter, plus support team Claire Davies & Roger Corlett and Laura Newell & Damien Slade.
Blessed again with dry crisp weather we set off at 9.30am along the Trans Pennine Trail, just one casualty when Jane’s son Matthew took a tumble, although not convinced this wasn’t a bribe from his mother to get out of the ride!! Luckily Matthew was fine and Jane continued.
We then proceeded through Lymm into Grappenhall, onto Stockton Heath, getting some funny looks as all 22 of us rode down a one way street the wrong way!! for our first comfort break at Morrisons. Here Richard’s daughter Jo, used her initiative and bought 2 car sponges to pad her shorts with (a good tip for next weeks epic ride).
Not sure if it was Chris’s perfect planning or pure good luck, whilst riding over the bridge at Ridges Ferry the Mersey tidal bore was passing underneath (no this wasn’t one of the engineers), which only occurs a few times a year.
We cycled on through some beautiful scenery along the Trans Pennine, which runs next to the canal onto our next stop the Ferry Tavern, for a well earned glass and in some cases pint of Cheeky Pheasant.
We continued along the canal towards Warrington, stopping briefly for Martyn to use his photography skills at the Pickering Bridge.
We continued on through Speke, and along the pier head.
Finally we reached the Liverpool office where a buffet and drinks had been prepared in the Jig Saw restaurant, underneath the office.
A special well done to Richards’s daughter Jo (aged 11), who finished with the first group of “elite” riders, padding still in tact!!
All in all a good effort by all, particularly these who then opted to cycle back.
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