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AGM Video 2016 - Chipping YFC smash the Wot Not challenge

Members of Chipping Young Farmers proved nay sayers wrong by completing their Wot Not cycle in record time.
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The team completed the ride in 1 hour and 43 minutes
The team completed the ride in 1 hour and 43 minutes

Eight Young Farmers from the Bowland region in Lancashire cycled an ancient Wot Not bike to the YFC AGM in aid of charity.


Split in to two teams of four, the group, consisting of seven Chipping YFC members and one Samlesbury YFC member, rode from Chipping to Blackpool in one hour and 43 minutes.


Each team rode for for 20 minutes, while the remaining four members sat in the trailer offering support.



Chipping YFC’s chairman, Robert Flaherty, restored the bike which had once been used to cycle all the way to Torquay, many years ago.


Team member, Michael Winterbottom said: "When we told people we were hoping to complete the ride in under two hours, they all said it was impossible."


Always keen to take up a challenge, the group set off at 11am on Friday (May 6) morning and arrived in less than two hours, even after dealing with a puncture on the bike.


"The puncture added at least five minutes on to our time," explained Mr Winterbottom.


The ride was completed in aid of North West Air Ambulance and Rosemere Cancer Centre. Sponsorship forms are currently being collected, with a donation total expected soon.


Mr Winterbottom added: "It was hard work, but all for a good cause."


Wot Not: The facts

  • The team cycled from Chipping church steps to the Winter Gardens, Blackpool
  • They managed to complete the journey in 1 hour 43 minutes, despite one puncture
  • Used a four man bike (wot not) to do the trip using two teams of cyclists
  • The 'wot not' also has a lot of history and was built over 20 years ago by former members of Chipping YFC to carry out various 'wot not' challenges including a trip to Torquay for the AGM
  • This latest challenge was in aid of North West Air Ambulance and Rosemere Cancer Centre


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