Many congratulations to Bill Armstrong (Jt. Managing Director), Liam Armstrong (QA/QC Assistant/Works Co-ordinator), and Adam Todd (Pipefitter), as well as to the many other riders, who all completed an 82-mile bike ride over two days in aid of The Unforgettable Smile Foundation. This is a local charity that raises money for the Cancer Research UK research centre in Newcastle, and The Palliative Care Unit at Wansbeck Hospital in Ashington.
Titled "The 5 Castle Challenge", the journey would take the riders past the following castles;
The ride started at Amble Marina on the 19th June 2015, and the first day consisted of a 50-mile journey through the Northumberland countryside, ending in Alnwick for a well-earned rest.
Setting off from Alnwick the following day, the riders had a 32-mile ride down to Blyth and were well-received at the finish line by friends and family.
This bike ride is just one in a long series of charity rides participated in by Pipetawse staff, who aim to do one a year, for various local and national causes.
Speaking regarding the effort, Liam Armstrong said;
"It's great to be a part of this event, raising money for a great cause. It was a challenging ride, but I'm glad to have done it, and already looking forward to next year's charity bike ride."
As well as having staff participate in the bike ride, Pipetawse also allowed one of the pick-up trucks to be used as a support vehicle for the riders, driven by retired PTL driver Tony Osbourne. The pick-up allowed transportation of bicycles from Blyth to the starting point, and provided a mobile rest station with water onboard for the cyclists to stop at as needed.
To view the route, take a look at this link;
And if you would like to donate money to the 5 Castle Challenge event in aid of The Unforgettable Smile Foundation, please visit this link;
The riders on the second day setting out from Alnwick.