Barbara takes up bike challenge

Barbara with members of her family after the ride
Barbara with members of her family after the ride
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DON’T let age put you off attempting the annual Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride.

Last year, Barbara Flatt from Lowton decided she would get her bike out of the garage again for the first time in a the age of 71.

Barbara had seen a Wigan and Leigh Hospice leaflet advertising the Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride and she said: “It reminded me of the time I used to cycle locally to work in Golborne and enjoyed going out on my bike. So I started riding around the locality.

“I had never ridden 60 miles before and to be honest, I didn’t think I would do it and my three daughters were concerned for me.

“I didn’t find the ride too difficult, but admit I did walk up some hills and the support of the people lining the streets was also a boost. It gives you great moral support.

“I want to give a special public thank you to David Kinsey from Orrell who saw me trying to climb a hill and gave me some great moral support all the way after that.

“He rode at my speed and never left my side. He was a real gentleman and gave me lots of encouragement. We even crossed the line together.”

Hospice Fund-raiser Julie Houston said: “A remarkable achievement for a remarkable lady. We never cease to be amazed at the support we receive from all sectors of the community in so many ways.

“If you think you could join us on the Bike Ride on July 14, simply visit our website or ring us on 01942 525566, or pick up a leaflet from the Hospice or any of our 12 hospice shops around the borough.”

Barbara added: “I am definitely doing it again this year.”