Kaye's Memorial Ride

Posted by Mark Russell on 2016-08-03
“Kaye’s Ride” – remembering Kaye Graham, by Vicky Chilcott, Hamsterley Trailblazers
Many thanks to everyone from Trailblazers and S.O.C who came out for Kaye’s Ride on Sunday 10 July 2016 at Sutton Bank.  We were riding to celebrate and remember Kaye Graham (“Olly’s Mum” as she was affectionately known) who sadly died last April after battling cancer.
Kaye was a staunch supporter and founder member of Traiblazers and she also enjoyed joining  S.O.C on their mountain bike rides.
In January 2014, just after becoming ill, Kaye rang me very excited to tell me about a new trail she had read about in MBR at Sutton Bank and had also seen on ‘Countryfile.’  “We’ve got to ride it!”  she said.  Sadly Kaye was never well enough afterwards to ride it herself, so we thought we would ride it for her this weekend.
The 14 mile red ride, with an optional 4 mile extension, known as the ‘Paradise Trail’, drops steeply down the hillside, through Boltby Forest, along the valley then climbs back up through the Forest to the top of Sutton Bank.  The views from the top and along the ridgeline are stunning.  The trail consists of some challenging downhill sections, linked bridlepaths, short road sections and easy, fun single track trails up and along the top.
We were lucky with the weather, although rain during the previous few days had turned parts of the trail into a very long mud bath (which we all hated and Kaye would have hated) but then we hit the higher single track trails and the ridgeline trail which was great.  Kaye would have loved this part and its stunning views.
The S.O.C has this brilliant motto, “Fuelled by cake” and food afterwards at the High Paradise Farm Tearoom was the perfect way to end a really good ride out with everyone – they had delicious homemade bread, cakes and other goodies which we all enjoyed.
The ride was a great way to pay tribute to a wonderful person and I think Kaye would have thoroughly approved.


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