There really can be one only way to describe today
Today was the first day of the 3rd UK Police Unity Tour. The 2 previous rides have had opening days that were scorching hot days. Last year the ride started on what was the hottest day of the year.
This year was rather different. 93 riders set off from thr Police Memorial on the Mall in London and road via Bushey, Luton, Biggleswade and Ampthill to Milton Keynes where we stayed at the Holiday Inn.
We rode a total of 85 miles.
2 years ago 20 of us ventured out on the first UK Police Unity Tour. We now had to limit the event to 100 riders ( with drop outs we had 93 starters). Incidentally there was a ride in Scotland last week and 2 other rides setting off from Norfolk and Leicestershire. Thus a total of 162 riders will have ridden this year. We have already raised over £65,000 this year and over £120,000 in 3 years for COPS. Its still not too late for you to donate online via https://www.justgiving.com/Spen-666/ or by texting “COPS 93 £10 to 70070.
The ride this year took place in torrential rain. We were out in the rain for 10 hours today, including stops and a very moving wreath laying ceremony by a father and member of the PUT at the spot where his son was killed.
I do not have photographs from today as it was too wet. Its now 23:30 at night and my kit is still literally dripping wet. Tomorrow will be an unpleasant day having to put on wet kit and wet shoes. However it is nothing compared to the sacrifices made by officers who gave their life to their job.
I rode for several miles today with a lovely young lady who was doing the ride with her mother. She lost her sister a number of years ago in an horrific incident in Manchester . They saw us ride to the National Memorial last year and decided they wanted to do the ride. What made this so special was to see the father who laid the wreath where his son died, helping the mother to get up the hills. A great example of the COPS spirit. Survivors helping survivors.
Today was rounded off with a few beers and a curry with fellow riders, and sharing old war stories.
Hopefully a longer post tomorrow and a drier ride