THE BIG BORDER CROSSING
I'm a 16 year old ametuer mountain biker and photographer living in the south pennines. I've always been in and around the outdoors, either walking or some other form of outdoor activity. I was never any good at team sports so mountain biking was a perfect fit for me, great fun, great people and endless freedom. In recent months I've taken to photography, a perfect fit with mountain biking as I am now able to share my joy of riding with people all around the world with photos and writing. Tea is a big part of my life also, (milk two sugar) as I'm constantly with a mug in my hand.
Living in the Yorkshire Pennines is a dream for a mountain biker, theres a moor only a few hundred metres out of my back door and endless trails to explore only a car or train journey away.
The Big Border Crossing
Having just left school I was left at a loose end, What could I do with all the free time I now had? After much deliberation I settled on a big ride. 4 days up the Yorkshire Border and into the lakes. I wanted more though. So I decided on a deserving charity that I could fundraise for. Overgate Hospice fit the bill perfectly, they're local to me and do amazing work. I still had a passion I'd left out though. Photography. However, photos alone weren't cutting it for me so a documentary was thrown into the mix as well ('cause easy's not fun, right?).
I'll set off from my home and ride west towards Todmorden and the Yorkshire border, at the border I'll start to head north, up the border. Once I've reached the top of the border I'll head up and west into the Lakes and my end point in Kendal. Zig zagging in and out of Lancashire isn't going to be easy, so my love for tea will be pushed to limits. As well as trying to cross the border as many times as possible I am also trying to drink as many cups of tea as possible. A big part of the ride is getting people out to join me (and bring me tea) and get as much money raised for Overgate as possible.
Overgate are dedicated to making sure their patients and those close to them are able to have the best quality of life possible. Overgate need £6800 a day to keep their doors open and to keep doing their amazing work. Treating everybody as an individual, Overgate take care of their patients physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs. Much of the money that keeps Overgate open comes from donations by people like you so every pound donated is always appreciated and used to great effect.
What Can You Do?
To keep up with regular updates on the ride go check out the Instagram (@the_big_border_crossing) or my YouTube channel (Jake Trails). To donate go to the ride's If you want to support the ride in other ways message me on Instagram and I'll always make sure I get back to you. Make sure keep up-to-date with the ride so that you know the route and where you can come ride with me.
If you ever see me out riding come say hello and bring me a brew (milk one sugar) as it will keep me going on the long journey. If you're wanting to join me on the ride let me know whereabouts you're wanting to join and I'll make sure I get something in place for you.