Posted on Monday, January 3rd, 2011
A small but enthusiastic group of GBG supporters met up in the car park of the 'The Black Horse' Inn in Great Durnford, a beautiful village in the Woodford Valley just north of Salisbury. We were here to support a team of sponsored cyclists (including David Waters, GBG Director, and Allan Goddard, the GBG's Farm Liaison) as they whizzed through Wiltshire raising money through 'Cycle for Saratov', our new fundraising initiative which aims to raise money to buy a Land Rover for use at the Release Site.
Fortunately the snow of late December was just a distant memory, and we were greeted by a slightly watery sunny sky but more or less dry roads (crucial I'm told for pedalling at the speeds our cyclists dreamt of reaching). Final preparations for such a gruelling event - the plan called for our finely-honed athletes to cycle in a slow loop around the Woodford Valley for at least ten miles - included a quick discussion of the route over 'looseners' kept behind the well-stocked bar at 'The Black Horse' and - er, that was about it actually come to think about it...
With a short day-length, and the 'rest stops' en route shutting at four in the afternoon because of Sunday Licensing hours, the peloton finally headed out of 'The Black Horse' car park at about 13:00 surrounded by well-wishers who felt it best to calm their nerves by returning to the bar once the last cyclists had disappeared around the first corner!
The GBG would like to thank everyone who came along, and for contributing to what was - as usual - a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxed event. Please note that we will be having more events like this over the coming months, and everyone - GBG member or not - will be made very welcome.
Thanks too to professional photographer and journalist Dave Kilbey, who came along to 'The Black Horse' and posted about the morning on both his own blog www.davekilbeyphotography.co.uk/blog/) and on the blog run by Wiltshire Magazine.
Would you like to donate to 'Cycle to Saratov'? The easiest way to make a donation is through our Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/greatbustardgroup/ we also accept cheques – download a form to donate with Gift Aid.