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Cyclist thanks County Durham residents for ride support
A RIDER in a charity cycle event which took place across County Durham last weekend has thanked residents for their patience and apologised for litter dropped by participants.
The Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines 2013 ride saw more than 1,000 cyclists complete an 84-mile route ending in Barnard Castle raising thousands of pounds for the charity.
Stephen McGoldrick, who took part in the event, has now written and open letter to residents thanking them for their support during the ride.
The cyclist from Edinburgh said: “Please be assured that the vast majority of participants were very grateful and many of us felt a bit guilty.
“We had a fantastic day but realise that it came at the expense of minor inconvenience for many of you and a huge pain in the backside for some.
“May I also apologise on behalf of those of our number who dropped rubbish along the road.
“I saw a shocking amount of it and, while it is not an excuse, please believe that the vast majority of the litter is accidental and honestly, stopping to pick it up would be difficult and often dangerous.
“However, there are doubtless a few idiots among our numbers who just throw away their empty gel tubes.
“It defies belief that anyone could go somewhere as beautiful as your hills then litter them and we disown those people.
“We ask you not to judge all cyclists by the ignorant actions of the tiny minority.
“If we all promise to try harder to pocket our rubbish, can we come back next year?”
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