Masham brewery’s cycling challenge

editorial image

Cyclists from Masham’s Black Sheep Brewery have helped raise thousands of pounds for a children’s charity.

Rob Theakston, Jo Theakston, Allan Russell and Ali Little all took part in Another Firkin Challenge when they cycled the 82 miles from Ulverston in Cumbria to Masham while towing a small trailer carrying one of the brewery’s own beer casks.

The brewery organised the event as a way of raising money for children’s charity The Wooden Spoon. and the team managed to complete the challenge in eight hours.

“It has to be tough or it’s not worth doing but towing the beer barrel was like cycling with the back brake on,” said sales manager Allan Russell.

“We each took it for 20 miles so we all got a few big hills to take it up.”

The hills and dales proved a challenge for the riders, who were “cream crackered” by the end, said Mr Russell.

“It was a very tough route. If you look at a map from Ulverston to Masham it’s very lumpy,” he added.

“We were lucky with the weather. It never got too hot, we didn’t get wet, and the wind wasn’t bad.”

The route started in Ulverston, passing through the landscapes of the South Lakes, Dentdale and Wensleydale before arriving at the brewery’s home in Masham for a barbecue.

“The route was gorgeous and very scenic – passing through places like Dentdale that I have never seen before – but there were some horrendous climbs,” said Mr Russell.

The brewery riders were joined for the challenge by another four teams of four cyclists, each with its own support vehicle.

Between them, the 20 cyclists have already raised more than £5,000 in sponsorship with donations still arriving.

Black Sheep Brewery has a long-running link with The Wooden Spoon, which raises money to help underprivileged and disabled children, and planning for next year’s challenge is already underway.

• To donate online go to www.justgiving.com/Firkinchallenge.