An air cadet from 148 (Barnsley) Squadron ATC recently took part in The King Edward 100 charity cycle ride to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Flight Sergeant Dylan Kirk (17) tackled the 100 mile route, organised by Sportive HQ, in early May. The event was held in Lincolnshire taking in the scenic villages of Ancaster, Billingborough and Heckington amongst others. Below is Dylan’s account of the experience:
On Sunday 6th may myself, Squadron Leader Iain Kirk and some more of my family and friends took part in a 100 mile charity bike ride to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA).
YAA provides life-saving rapid response emergency service to the whole of the Yorkshire region and is a charity that the squadron has worked closely with previously.
Sportive HQ organise cycling events across the year, ranging in difficulty from flat and fast rides, to hilly and much slower rides. If you’re not keen on tackling the big 100 then there is also a 25, 50 or 75 mile route. Although the thought of a 100-mile ride is scary, it’s actually great fun to do with people you know and a great day out.
It was an early start with a 4.30am wake up which allowed us time to prep our bikes, get our gear together and travel to Lincoln. Our group of six were very keen and were the first to arrive at the start point!
When we went to go sign in we were handed our numbers, a stick-on tracker to stick to our helmets and a few pieces of food to keep us going, although we were already carrying a lot!
There was around 300-400 riders at the start point which is the biggest number of riders I have personally ever ridden with. We were in the first big group to set off at 8am. The initial 45 miles to the first feed stop was flat with a few hills, although these were nothing compared to the ones around Barnsley which we are used to. The feed stop was like a cyclist’s heaven with long tables piled with cake, crisps and wraps to give us enough energy to complete the course.
The rest of the ride consisted of getting into big groups of around 30 other riders and just riding fast hoping the finish would come around soon. Upon crossing the finish line there were photographers who took photos of the riders as we crossed the line, then some more photos as you collected medals etc.
Overall the day was a brilliant experience with cracking weather and some wonderful tan lines. I would 100% recommend cycling to anyone who is looking for a hobby, it’s a friendly sport where every rider is willing to help in areas other riders lack in.
Thank you to everyone that sponsored us, we surpassed our target and raised £520 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance!
By Flt Sgt Dylan Kirk, 148 (Barnsley) Squadron Air Training Corps
More photos can be viewed in our Gallery page here.
If you’re a fan of aviation, action and adventure, love sports and getting to know people consider joining the Air Training Corps. Every year nearly 56,000 air cadets and volunteer staff take part in exciting events all over the country. To learn more about the ATC click here. To contact 148 (Barnsley) Squadron email [email protected].