Proud welcome home for team cycling from Whitby to Harrogate for charity

John Nelson, Robert McCloud, and Matthew McGlinchey arriving back at The Old Spring Well.
John Nelson, Robert McCloud, and Matthew McGlinchey arriving back at The Old Spring Well.

Firefighters and a crowd of well-wishers cheered to welcome home three men cycling for charity from Whitby to Harrogate on Saturday.

Raising well over £1,000 for The Fire Fighters Charity, Matthew McGlinchey, John Nelson and Robert McCloud, from Harrogate and Knaresborough, cycled a staggering 78 miles and finished at The Old Spring Well.

John Nelson; Robert McCloud; and Matthew McGlinchey finishing their challenge.

John Nelson; Robert McCloud; and Matthew McGlinchey finishing their challenge.

For the pub's trainee assistant manager, Matthew McGlinchey, 26, who came up with the idea, and said he had not touched a bike since he was a teenager, the experience was challenging but rewarding.

He said: "I wanted to do a bit of charity work, and I wanted to do something a bit different, a bit out there.

"The partner of one of our regulars works for the West Yorkshire Fire Service, and a friend had quite a bad accident a few years ago, and The Fire Fighters charity really helped him with physiotherapy.

"It was fantastic to see people coming out to support us. The cycling was alright until the last 10 to15 miles, when my legs started to give up and went to lead, but I enjoyed it.

"Seeing all our friends and family there, and raising money for the charity, it was all worth it.

"I think the charity is very important, I think everything that is going on, with all the disasters happening, it's quite a good cause to raise money for."

The team stopped at fire stations they found along their route to pose for pictures outside them, proudly wearing t-shirts for their chosen charity.

The manager of The Old Spring Well, Jeanette Denning, said: "I am absolutely overawed by them, they've all done absolutely brilliantly.

"Matt isn't a cyclist, he doesn't do it that often and hadn't done a lot of training. He was really worried about it, but to overcome something like that is a big achievement. I'm over the moon.

"They've done such a great job in raising a lot of money, and we had a great time on Saturday. A lot of our regulars came up to wish them well."