Ride and Raise Money for Mountain Rescue
When: Sunday 12th July
Rescue Rides is a fun way of fundraising for the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team! It is a cycling event for both road and off-road bikes. It is not a race but an opportunity to take a personal challenge and enjoy the scenery whilst raising money for the Team. The event starts and finishes at the Team’s headquarters in Marsden and offers a choice of distances, terrain and difficulty.
5 Great Routes to choose from
There are five rides to choose from all starting and finishing in Marsden, two are road routes, two are for mountain bikers and a family route to suit all ages:
Ski type colour gradings depict severity:
RED Road Route, 40 miles with 4,761 feet of ascent taking in Chew Valley, Holme Moss and Castle Hill
BLUE Road Route, 22 miles with 2,372 feet of ascent taking in Chew Valley, Meltham and Holt Head
RED MTB Route, 32 miles with 5,300 feet of ascent taking in Diggle Edge, Lark Hill, Castleshaw, Willykay Clough, Wessenden Valley and Harden Moss.
BLUE MTB Route, 15 miles with 2,470 feet of ascent taking in Wessenden Valley, Harden Moss and Royd Edge.
GREEN a Family friendly Route, 7 miles long taking in easy tracks and quiet roads.
Details of each route can be found on the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Site.
Entry fees range from £20 to £10 depending on route choice and people under 16 can take in the Green route for free. Please see Rules and Safety before signing-up.
When you have completed your chosen route hand in your number at the registration desk, enjoy some well-earned refreshments and have a look round our Headquarters in the Former Marsden Fire Station. T-Shirts can purchased for a nominal fee and medals will be available for under 16 year olds. Refreshments will also be available to purchase for none entrants.
About Moutain Rescue
Unlike other European countries, Mountain Rescue Services within the UK are free of charge, available to all and provided by well trained volunteers who are called out by and work for the police.
The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team averages 18 incidents a year totalling about 1000 man-hours of search and rescue provision for West Yorkshire Police.
The team’s immediate area of response is the southern half of West Yorkshire. Although most incidents involve search and rescue on the moors and hills of West Yorkshire many incidents are classed as non‑mountain incidents. These are where the police call the teams in to assist in searches for missing people in rural lowland areas such as parks, woods and farmland these can be where crime has occurred or where crime is not involved but children or people with mental problems such as dementia / Alzheimer’s and depression are lost.
Mountain rescue teams in England and Wales are independent charities gathered into eight regions according to their geographical area of operation. All official mountain rescue teams in England and Wales operate under the auspices of an organization called Mountain Rescue England and Wales of which Prince William became the Patron in 2007.