Fundraisers feel the heat at annual Emma-Jayne Memorial Fund Bikeathon

As temperatures hit record highs last week, 90 brave souls took part in a fundraising bike ride in memory of a beloved daughter.

The cyclists set off on the Bikeathon.
The cyclists set off on the Bikeathon.

The Emma-Jayne Memorial Fund’s annual Bikeathon was held on Sunday, July 17, on what was one of the hottest days on record.

The charity was set up in 1999 following the death of Ruth and Tony Knowles’ daughter Emma-Jayne, who sadly died of a brain tumour in December 1998, and the Bikeathon raises much-needed funds for the Hull Royal Infirmary’s neurosurgical unit where she was treated.

On Sunday, 59 bikers took part in the Bikeathon’s 30 mile race, with 16 others taking on the 12 mile route, and 14 people took part in the four-and-a-half mile walk.

Cyclists getting ready for the Bikeathon.

The youngest participant in the walk was 18-month-old Harry Hart, who walked with his mum Lauren Duncan while his dad Ian Hart, took part in the 30 mile cycle race.

Overall the Bikeathon raised £1,476.90 for the neurosurgical unit, and Ruth said they were amazed at how many people came out in the 30+°C heat:

"We’re thrilled, we genuinely didn't know if people would come at all because it was so hot, but we were amazed at how many came,” she said.

Ruth and Tony have extended their thanks to Ian Hart, who put out all the route signs, Huttoft Service Station for providing bottles of water, Your Move Estate Agents for providing chocolate bars, the Royal Oak pub, Adam Grist for providing extra parking, Louth Cycle Centre, the marshalls and all who took part.

The walkers set off.
Neurosurgeons Chris Lee and Gerry O'Reilly from Hull Royal Infirmary with Emma-Jayne's parent's, Ruth and Tony Knowles BEM.
Neurosurgeon Kevin Hart with Harry Hart, 18 months.
Bikeathon participant Sarah Parrish from Louth rides her recumbent tricycle through the Splash at Little Cawthorpe. Photo by Chris Frear
Neurosurgeons Chris Lee and Gerry O'Reilly and Kevin Morriss from Hull Royal Infirmary with Emma-Jayne's Mother Ruth Knowles BEM and Peter Grantham of the Royal Oak Inn. Photo by Chris Frear