The Way of the Viking

The Way of the Viking

The Viking Way Cycle Ride took place between Friday 13th and Sunday 15th June. A 147-mile trek from Oakham to Barton-upon-Humber, the event required a significant amount of preparation, dedication and stamina from each of its participants.

OSL Project Manager Colin Andrew is a member of the Barton Lions Cycling Team. After weeks of training, he and his fellow members met on the Friday morning to begin their journey. This would take them from Rutland to Lincolnshire by following the Viking Way footpath for as far as two wheels allowed, moving to on-road routes where necessary. Though treating them to some of the most scenic and serene areas of the UK, the chaps had to seriously push themselves to the limit to complete this distance in the allotted timeframe, all in aid of charity.

“This time we raised money for St Andrew’s Hospice,” said Colin. “Providing care for children and young adults with life-limiting illnesses, the organisation helps countless individuals and their families through palliative care services, rehabilitation, pain and symptom control and various therapies. It is a truly worthy cause.”

OSL sponsored Colin and the Barton Lions in their epic challenge. Despite being quite a feat to take on, Colin tells us that he didn’t suffer from any major aches, pains or strains, just a puncture at the start and a little skin irritation from his sunglasses. That, and he missed the World Cup England vs. Italy game afterwards as he was too tired to stay up!

Colin also organises a 10-mile charity walk each year, supported by the Lions, which has helped the Lindsey Lodge Hospice, Macmillan Nurses, Barton Town Band, Katie’s Concerts and various others. Over the years, he and the Barton Lions have raised thousands for numerous charities through cycling events, and they plan to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

You can connect with Colin on LinkedIn.