Hero’s welcome for Jason after 350-mile charity trek

Jason Walbyoff completes the round trip coast to coast.'Waiting to welcome him back are friends of Marton Gate School'PA1130-15a
Jason Walbyoff completes the round trip coast to coast.'Waiting to welcome him back are friends of Marton Gate School'PA1130-15a

CYCLIST Jason Walbyoff was given a rousing welcome when he cycled back into Bridlington after a gruelling 350 mile charity bike ride.

Jason, 41, of Carroway Close, and his brother Mark, 39, who lives in Warwickshire had just completed the Way of the Roses route from Bridlington to Morecambe and back again.

Jason Walbyoff completes the round trip coast to coast.'Waiting to welcome him back are friends of Marton Gate School'PA1130-15c

Jason Walbyoff completes the round trip coast to coast.'Waiting to welcome him back are friends of Marton Gate School'PA1130-15c

It took them four days, leaving on Sunday July 24 and returning on Wednesday 27, but it was worth it.

Jason raised £1,700 for The Sick Children’s Trust and £800 for the Friends of Martongate School of which he is a member.

The Sick Children’s Trust is a charity close to his family’s heart as his youngest daughter Mia was born 12 weeks early and spent her first eight weeks in St James Hospital’s Neo Natal Unit in Leeds.

Jason’s brother Mark made £1,500 for his local charity, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

When the brothers cycled back to Bridlington they were greeted by dozens of supporters from the Friends of Martongate School and others at the finish line outside Bridlington Bay Cafe on North Marine Drive at about 5.15pm on Wednesday.

Together with supporters they then cycled to The Ship Inn at Sewerby for refreshments and a grand prize draw.

“It was a long journey, but not too bad. I think the adrenaline kicks in and I didn’t feel the effect until a couple of days later when I could hardly walk up and down the stairs,” said Jason.

It was the first time either of them had done anything like it, but already they are talking about doing something again - but perhaps just one way!