This is to thank the young lady who, when seeing a lady cyclist fall from her bicycle at the roundabout between Pimlico Road and the grammar school, stopped to offer assistance.
A party of seven retired York cyclists riding the Land’s End to John o’Groats route were setting off from their overnight accommodation when a lady member fell heavily on her wrist.
The well-dressed lady informed the group of the nearest health centre, accompanied the group to it, wheeled the lady’s bicycle along and waited until a decision had been made as to whether she could continue.
In the end, the lady’s husband in York was contacted and came by car to collect her to return for medical attention. The group were able to continue the day’s stage to Tebay with Pendle Hill mostly in sight, in spite of the mist. Once again, a sincere thank you to Clitheroe for the lady’s kindness and also the welcome offered by the bed and breakfast together with that at the nearby eating pub.
As a final surprise, two of the day’s riders had attended CRGS and last been in the chemistry laboratory approximately 55 years ago so it was a real treat when, just as the remaining riders were leaving town, Mr Thorpe, the chemistry master at the time, strode round a corner to be recognised.
At 87 he was certainly fit of mind and body and certainly impressed a York rider who will achieve his 80th birthday a few days after the planned reaching of John o’Groats.
Saccary Lane, Mellor