Sixty hardy cyclists are today embarking on the second leg of a two-day fundraising cycle ride.
The intrepid participants are cycling 150 miles from Huddersfield to Anglesey, North Wales, in memory of youngster Isaac Nash, who vanished when the current dragged him out to sea during a family holiday on the island.
Isaac, 12, became caught in a vicious rip current in Aberffraw on August 29 last year. Although his brother Xander, 10, was saved, Isaac could not be rescued – despite the frantic efforts of their father, Adam, and grandfather, Paul.
An intensive search was carried out by both the coastguard and North Wales Police, but his body has never been found.
This weekend 60 cyclists are undertaking a gruelling 150-mile ride from Isaac’s home village of Highburton to Anglesey.
The cyclists, who were given an enthusiastic send-off from local residents, set out at 7.45am yesterday from the village recreation ground. Those taking part include Isaac’s parent, Zoe and Adam, as well as Examiner reporter Chloe Glover.
Reporting on their progress during a lunch stop on the outskirts of Chester, Chloe said the cyclists were in good spirits, despite contending with mist, rain – and soggy flapjacks!
“We have had a few punctures, but everyone is well-equipped,” she said. “We also have some very nice drivers giving us support.”
Staff at Asda in Ashton-under-Lyne provided the riders with breakfast butties, but the venue chosen for lunch was closed – so they had to eat out in the rain.
The cyclists finished the day at Halkyn, in north-east Wales, having completed 85 miles. Today, they are cycling the remaining 65 miles to reach their destination of Aberffraw.
Below are pictures of a memorial service to Isaac in Anglesey.
Each of the riders had already raised hundreds of pounds in sponsorship – while one participant had received a single donation of £1,000.
While the bulk of the riders are tackling the route over two days, 10 of the cyclists were setting out today in a bid to ride the whole route in a single day.
The cycle ride aims to raise money towards a £100,000 target to build a skate and scooter park in Highburton in Isaac’s memory.
Will Basnett, a West Yorkshire firefighter who is engaged to Isaac’s aunt Samantha, came up with the idea for the bike ride – which is being supported by both communities in Huddersfield and Aberffraw.
To contribute towards the cause, visit www.localgiving.com/charity/theisaacnashtrust