Tour de Yorkshire came flying past

The Tour de Yorkshire came flying past Fyling Hall School yesterday, not once, but twice!  This exciting annual road cycling race not only highlights the best of Yorkshire, but also promotes cycling in general.  As you know cycling is a key element in our #PEwithaDifference.  With the race organisers choosing Help for Heroes as this year’s official charity, our pupils and boarding staff were only too happy to lend a hand.  What better way to spend a rainy Saturday?!

The women’s race was the first to pass our doorstep.

The day looked promising in spite of the biting wind, but just as the women descended Sledgates the heavens literally opened . . . rain, sleet, hail . . . you name it, the women got it!  One of the racers even missed the bend and almost went into Mrs Jones’ farm!  Still, the black skies did not deter our committed boarders from venturing into the village to support Help for Heroes.  Galvanised by the committed supporters and the promise of a treat at the end of the day, our boarders jingled their donation buckets and proudly distributed Help for Heroes wrist bands and pins in exchange for a kind donation.

In the afternoon, it was the men’s turn.

Thankfully, whilst the headwind was still something to contend with, the skies were kinder.  This certainly made for more pleasant viewing with more spectators joining us to watch the racers come down what they usually go up.  What a spectacle to be seen with nearly forty racers whizzing by!  The atmosphere was fantastic with all cheering the riders on as they entered the village before ascending Côte de Hooks House Farm and on into Whitby.

Having been out for most of the day in spite of the hail, snow, rain and biting wind, Miss Gilmour kindly treated our volunteers to chips and ice cream.  A well-deserved reward for their extra effort!  All in all a very good day indeed, and Fyling Hall hopes the Tour de Yorkshire returns next year!