Dozens enjoy family bike ride at Breeze In The Park event in west Hull
IT WAS a family day out with a common theme – to inspire more women to take up cycling and enjoy the great outdoors.
Dozens of women and their families turned out for Breeze In The Park in west Hull, covering distances of three, seven and 25 miles.
The event was part of the Sky Ride Hull programme, which also attracted thousands of cyclists to complete a route through Hull city centre last month.
Lisa Ellerington, 39, said the event had encouraged her son Max's love of cycling.
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At just three years old, Max cycled alongside his aunt Angela Dixon, 42, and grandmother Pam Pickersgill, 65, covering three miles from Costello playing fields to Pickering Park and back.
Lisa, of east Hull, said: "Max loves cycling and there's nowhere really safe we can take him to ride.
"It's great for him and he gets really excited seeing other children on their bikes. It's brilliant meeting other people, getting out and keeping fit."
The event, run in partnership between British Cycling and Hull City Council, aimed to encourage women of all ages and abilities to get on their bikes and have fun.
Lisa Cary, 42, of Long Riston, cycled the three-mile route with her daughters Charlotte, 10, and Olivia, 7.
She said: "My husband is heavily into cycling and encouraged us to do it.
"This is a good way to start.
"It's a good family atmosphere, the kids are involved and they are active."
The seven-mile cyclists set off first yesterday, making their way to Kelvin Hall School in Bricknell Avenue, west Hull, and back, before the 25-mile cyclists from the Sunday Girls Road Club left the park at 10.30am. Meanwhile, the three-mile family ride to Pickering Park started at 11am.
Kerrie Thornton, 37, took part with sons Alfie, 7, and Jack, 3.
Alfie kept up with the cyclists on his own bike, while Jack sat happily in a trailer attached to the back of Kerrie's bike.
Kerrie, of west Hull, said: "Alfie wanted to do it because he thought it would be fun.
"It's good for everyone to get out on their bikes and get some fresh air, rather than sitting in front of the television.
"Jack just climbs in the trailer and doesn't want to get out."
Lisa Wright, senior sports development officer at Hull City Council, said: "We are focusing on getting more people active for health benefits. The success of the Olympics has been immense.
"We are trying to use the Olympics to get people out and about, enthuse them and show them how easy it is to cycle."
Visit www.goskyride.com to find out more about future cycling events in Hull.