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Yarnbury Rugby Club prepares for 100-mile bike ride for FCN

Posted: Friday, May 05, 2017

100 members from Yarnbury Rugby Club in Horsforth, West Yorkshire, will be undertaking a 100-mile bike ride to raise money for FCN in June.

The Yarnbury to Yarnbury (Y2Y) Charity bike ride, which is now in its 5th year, starts at Yarnbury RFC clubhouse 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. The riders stay overnight in Grassington and return to the clubhouse on Sunday.

This year, the club have chosen to raise funds for FCN, in memory of their friend, Nick Mercer, who passed away last year. As well as an active member of Yarnbury RFC, Nick was also a local farmer.

Adam Stephenson, who is helping to organise the ride, said: "Many of the riders are rugby players who shouldn't be on a bike owing to their size and weight! But every year they pull the bike out of their garden shed, dust it off, then attempt to ride the 100 miles or so. Nick took enormous pleasure in taking part in each of the previous Y2Y charity rides. He was in his element, enjoying the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, with old friends and new, and always for a very worthy charitable cause. Little did he know, during the last ride in June 2016, that he would be struck within two months by an acute mental illness that would lead to his unfortunate death. This year, the Y2Y cycle ride is being supported by Nick's friends and family to raise money for The Farming Community Network, that help to support people suffering like Nick."

The ride will take place over the weekend of 11th and 12th June. Each year the ride takes a different route but this year will include a section that was Nick’s favourite - a 1,000 foot decline from the top of Greenhow Hill, near Patley Bridge, into Appletreewick. This steady decline takes in some of the best views of the Wharfe Valley.

If you are in the Grassington area on the 10th and 11th June, go along and support the team, or you can make a donation by visiting: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Team-Yarnbuy.

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