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A Bit of a Do

On Friday 21st June we had a ’Bit of a Do’ at South Milford WI Hall to thank the marshalling volunteers who helped at the Great Selby Bike Ride (GSBR), to present donations to the four charity beneficiaries of the Bike Ride and to recognise the major contributions made by two significant individuals involved with the event.

This was punctuated with a fun quiz and a light supper, not forgetting a slice of Ada Jobling’s celebratory cake too.

Held annually on more than 30 occasions the GSBR comprises two circular rides from Barlby High School on marshalled routes 25 and 45 mile in length and raises funds for four charities who organise and manage the event in May of each year.

Elmet Lions Club took over the GSBR in 2022 after its originators, Selby Lions Club, closed down. Over that whole time Sheila Newsome managed the drinks stop at The Guides’ White Rose House on behalf of Martin House.

Sheila Newsome being presented with a bouquet in appreciation of her years of  involvement with the Bike Ride

At the other end of the age spectrum eight year old Ada Jobling has ridden twice in the most recent events, even tackling the 45 mile route this year in the company of her dad John, raising £2,500 and £4,470 respectively. Ada’s efforts have been match funded by The Hiscox Trust, for whom dad John works, amounting to £1,148 (2023) and £2,000 (2024) of the annual totals.

Ada and her dad

An interim cheque for £1,200 was presented to each of the four beneficiaries:-

Martin House, British Heart Foundation, St Leonard’s Hospice, and Elmet Lions PSA testing campaign,

with a further top-up expected when all donations are finalised and Gift Aid is provided by HMRC.

Becky from the British Heart Foundation

Sheila Newsome and Michelle Ford from Martin House

Annie Keogh from St Leonard’s Hospice

Lion VP John Brettell and Lion President Maggie Hartley

The winners of Lion John Boulton’s fiendish quiz were the Wistow Wizards who took home their prize of a bottle of wine and four straws.

Ada’s team comprising three generations of the Jobling family took home the wooden spoons, proving that even superheroes can  have off days.

Quiz master Lion Johhn Boulton  and Ada with her wooden spoons

Let’s do it all again next year!

Bike Ride signage and a new sponsor

Signs coming along nicely for the Great Selby Bike Ride. This year on cobalt blue to match the logo of our sponsor
They’ll be appearing along the route in good time for all cyclists to know where they are going and where our band of volunteer marshalls will be standing
There’s still time to book on to ride and raise money for St Leonards Hospice, Martin House, Elmet Lions PSA testing and British Heart Foundation via our justgiving link

The countdown is on for the Great Selby Bike Ride 2024

The countdown is on for the Great Selby Bike Ride 2024, but there’s still time to make your miles count for more!
We’re encouraging cyclists to use JustGiving to raise funds for the chosen charities.
Eight year old Ada is already smashing it – she’s hit a whopping £1,000 thanks to generous donations! Can you top her amazing achievement?
Head over to the JustGiving page ( to set up your fundraising and get sponsored for the ride. Every penny counts!
Let’s make this the most charitable Great Selby Bike Ride yet!

Here’s the YO1 radio interview

Elmet Lions Paul Croll and John Brettell told the listening public about the Great Selby Bike Ride, its long history, its present organisation and the support it receives from the spectrum of cyclists from keen club riders to individual riders and family members enjoying a more leisurely pace over the two routes.

Can we expect to see you at Barlby High School on Sunday 19th May 2024?

Fundraising so far

As of today (29th May 2022) the GSBR riders and their supporters have raised £1,610 in total.

The following six riders and their supporters have raised £1,270 of that:-

Maddie Sugden
Catherine Riley
Derek Hitchcock
Denis Kaye
Grant Baker
Danny Jonny

If you rode in our event and want to fundraise for Martin House, the British Heart Foundation, St Leonard’s Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Care here’s the link to our Justgiving webpage:-


News update

We’re writing to update you on the current situation in respect of the Bike Ride as we have had a couple of hurdles to overcome in respect of how the Bike Ride will operate.

Firstly. Virgin Money Giving, who have in the past processed money donated by event fundraisers such as the Bike Ride’s cyclists and claimed GiftAid has decided to close down in November as their involvement with the London Marathon has finished this year.

Secondly our bank, HSBC, in common with many other High Street banks will no longer accept cash payments into an account from third parties, which method many previous riders have used.

We have resolved these issues by switching to Justgiving on the one hand and suggesting BACS Transfers or Paypal payments on the other.

Our website is now ready to accept entries from riders and to offer simplified online fundraising.

So if you were waiting to sign up just go to our website and follow the instructions.

We look forward to welcoming you to Barlby High School next May 22nd