Local Freemasons cycled to every Masonic Centre in Buckinghamshire for Charity
The riders were Steve Weingart, Grae Laws, Simon Odell, Steve Acton, Frank Byrne and Ian Bamsey who completed the ride in two days.
The Ride was in aid of the MCF (Masonic Charitable Foundation) which is a Masonic supported by Freemasons from England and Wales which supports both local Masonic and non-Masonic charities and helps around the world in disaster areas.
Day one began in Slough, cool air and an overcast sky that threatened rain could have deterred the faint of heart.
However, when it comes to charitable pursuits, Freemasons are a determined bunch. The team received a great send off from the leader of Buckinghamshire Freemasons John Clark. Throughout the day the John and his wife, accompanied the riders on his motorbike – there was much slipstreaming to be done…
65 miles later, having stopped off at Slough, Denham, Beaconsfield, Marlow, Penn, Great Kimble (The Chiltern Hills are relentless…) and Thame (much welcomed coffee and a Danish pastry). They finally arrived in Aylesbury at 4pm.
Day two proved to be equally rewarding as their 55 mile journey started in Aylesbury and stopped off at Linslade, Bletchley (tyre blow out that made people on the high street duck for cover), Little Horwood, Winslow, Buckingham, Stony Stratford, Wolverton, Newport Pagnell (with a welcome pint of ale!) and finally reaching Olney at 3.30pm.
So far, the riders have raised £830 for this epic adventure, with all participants feeling that effort was worth it. The general was consensus was – ‘So what’s next?”.
The answer was quickly forthcoming as they celebrated on Sunday evening back in Winslow with a pie and a pint at the Bell Hotel!