Y2Y Bike Ride Fundraiser
2017 event supports mental health charity Inkwell Arts
100 members of Yarnbury Rugby Club based in Horsforth, nr Leeds will be undertaking the Yarnbury to Yarnbury (Y2Y) Charity bike ride which is now in its 5th year. Over the years the ride has raised over £40k for local charities.
The ride this year is on June 10 and 11th and starts at Yarnbury RFC Club House in Horsforth and finishes in the Hamlet of Yarnbury near Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales. Yarnbury RFC got its name from the Hamlet over 100 years ago and the riders stay over night in Grassington, returning to the Club House on Sunday.
The money raised this year will be in memory of their much loved friend and club member Nick Mercer, who they sadly lost last year. Nick was a local farmer who ran a farm that was originally his fathers and took enormous pleasure in taking part in each of the previous Y2Y charity rides. He was in his element , enjoying the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, riding under his own steam with new and old friends and racing for worthy charitable causes. Little did he know, during his last ride in June 2016 that he would be struck by an acute mental illness just two months later that would lead to his unfortunate death.
This year the Y2Y cycle ride is being supported by Nicks friends and family to raise money for Inkwell Arts (a Leeds based Mental Health Charity) that helps to support people suffering like Nick.
The ride is always very popular with Yarnbury members with rugby players, their wives, girlfriends, sons and daughters all taking part. As many of the riders are rugby players (who shouldn’t be on a bike at all owing to their size and weight!) the bikes need to be dusted down and pulled out from garden sheds as quite often they haven’t been used since last years ride.
This year they will attempt to ride the 100 miles or so in aid of their dear friend Nick Mercer.
Adam Stephenson who is arranging the event says
” Owing to the popularity of the ride its is getting harder to find accommodation on the Saturday night this year 30 riders will be staying in Kettlewell a village 6 miles away, but this hasn’t deterred the numbers who want to undertake this event”
He added ” Nick was well loved by everyone at the club and will be missed, hopefully the money raised will help others in a similar situation”.
Each year the ride takes a different route but this year the highlight will be to include a section of the ride that was Nicks favorite: a 1000ft decline from the top of Greenhow Hill, near Patley Bridge into Appletreewick this steady decline that takes in some of the best views in the Wharfe Valley.
If you want to support the event look out for us on the 10th and 11th June or visit Just Giving