Team Lightening McKee complete Colliers Bike Ride 2015 in aid of Tiny Life
After intensive internal trials Chris Ross, Jill Annett, Christopher Williams, Conor Kerr and Jonathan Scullion were selected to represent Team Lightening McKee on Friday 4th September 2015 at the Colliers Big Property Bike Ride. The blend of youth, experience, pace and endurance was surely a recipe for success.
The famous five set out on their warm up to the event starting line at Stormont Hotel in East Belfast with the Friday afternoon traffic enthusiastically beeping their horns in support.
After a photo opportunity, safety briefing and some last minute technical adjustments by Chain Reaction Cycles the event began at 2.30pm. Our young heroes were content to seek shelter in the peloton of around 100 riders with the early pace set at a leisurely 16 miles per hour.
The group sped its way along the Comber Greenway and through Newtownards past Scrabo Tower before reaching the coast road on route to Portaferry.
It wasn’t long until disaster struck and the true team ethos of Lightening McKee was in evidence. While passing Mount Stewart, Conor – distracted by lairy bridal party, struck a pothole and took a dramatic high speed tumble. The highly alert Jonathan heroically put his life on the line to shield Conor from any ensuing pile up pleading with the trailing peloton to stop. Jonathan’s cries were successful in preventing the other riders from careering into Conor who escaped only with injured pride.
The five soldiered on and remained together until Greyabbey where an anonymous member of the Lightening McKee squad, who was struggling with the now 19 miles per hour pace, sought refreshment in a local public house with several riders at the rear of the peloton.
The five arrived in fine fashion into Portaferry where there was a scheduled and much appreciated lunch break before boarding the ferry to Strangford.
The action continued on the opposite side of the lough and it was on the alpine terrain coming out of Strangford where the experience of Jonathan and Christopher began to tell. The pair blasted away from first Jill and then Conor on the upslope – the latter having perhaps overindulged on the sausages in Portaferry.
The finish line was in sight and the five all made it to Quoile Yacht Club where a much needed shower and barbecue were the reward.
The merriment lasted long into the night and the Team would like to thank Colliers for the hard work they put into organising a fantastic event and commend them on the sum raised for a very worthwhile charity. It’s safe to say Team Lightening McKee will be back in force next year!