Less than 24 hours to go now until Bankstone’s motley crew of monkey-bike-back knight riders sets off to ride (what else would they do?) round 10 Yorkshire castles over two days (2 and 3 July) raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance service (YAA).

All 15 riders – along with literally dozens of support crew and charity donation collectors – will be dressed in suitably medieval attire. The riders even have helmet covers designed to look like knightly helmets (see previous stories).

The itinerary looks like this (in theory):

Saturday 2 July

Depart Bankstone Offices, Brighouse – 09.00

Skipton Castle -10.00

Bolton Castle – 11.00

Middleham Castle – 11.30

Richmond Castle – 12.00

Simon Bailes premises, Northallerton – 12.40

Helmsley Castle – 14.20

Pickering Castle – 15.00

Arrive “Grand” Hotel Scarborough – 16.00

Sunday 3 July

Depart “Grand” Hotel Scarborough – 09.00

Scarborough Castle – 09.05

Sheriff Hutton Castle – 11.00

U-Pullit premises, Full Sutton – 11.30

Knaresborough Castle – 14.00

Ripley Castle –  14.25

Arrive BLD premises Brighouse – 16.00

Among the corporate entities taking part are motorcycle hire and repair firm BLD (who are providing the main support vehicle and junction marshall), The Bike Insurer, Copart, Bott & Co, Bikesure, Examworks, U-Pullet, Easy Rider, Take That Car Hire, Simon Bailes and Steve Pepper Training Associates.

It is neither too late nor too soon to start donating generously on charity donations website Just GivingBetter still, turn out and see Bankstone and co at one of the stops along the way – but please bear in mind that some of the timings for stops in the latter stages of either day may be subject to revision as things inevitably go tits up along the way.


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