The 2014 Mary Towneley Loop Mountain Bike Challenge was held on Sunday 7th September, the conditions were perfect (certainly compared with the torrential rain last year!) with sun burn being more of an issue than hypothermia!
At just after 9am, 210 mountain bikers and 1 ultra runner departed Fearns School. For the times taken, please see here: Mary Towneley Loop 2014 Entrants Times
The ultra runner came up trumps on his promise to finish before all the bikers did – how we’ll never know but it was an astounding effort.
There were very few retirees on the day, and we congratulate all the riders who completed the route. In the process, you all raised about £5,000 for the team’s funds and we cannot thank you enough for this.
We hope that you all enjoyed the day as much as we did, it was good to get the nice weather for you (we’ll try to order it again for next year). There were certainly lots of smiles (or were they grimaces?) from you all on the way round and at the end.
Our resident photographer (and team doctor) was out on the route and the photos are available here https://www.flickr.com/photos/jkea/sets/72157647334992532/
If you would like a high resolution photo without a watermark, please email our photographer using firstname.lastname@example.org, attaching a copy of your text donation confirmation and he will make the image available to you. We are asking for donations of £5 per rider to the team via text (text RPMR11 £5 to 70070). Please forward the confirmation with your photo request.
We have received generally positive feedback from the riders, it is always nice to hear this on the events. We are hoping to improve next year and welcome any feedback (good, bad, or improvement points) as comments to this article.
We would like to thank the following people and organisations for their generosity for the event. All were very supportive and contributed to what was a great day for all those involved – riders and the team alike. Special thanks go to;
Warburtons bakery in Burnley who provided all the bread and fruit loaves for the riders;
Morrisons supermarket in Great Harwood and Tesco supermarket in Haslingden who kindly provided donations to enable checkpoint supplies to be stocked.
Also, special thanks to The Globe Inn at Wardle, near Watergrove reservoir, who kindly refilled our water supplies for the riders on what was a long, hot afternoon for them.
Finally, a big thank you to all the team and support members who managed the catering stalls and baked cakes on the day.
We look forward to seeing you all again in 2015.