Jane Wray

I got into cycling about 4 years ago – my son wanted a bike so I thought I would give it a go. Then my friend whose husband is a member of CRC got a hybrid and we started to go out pootling around Hessle – I was on a mountain bike from Toys R Us so was way behind Caroline so I bought a hybrid myself 3 years ago and we continued to pootle, but it wasn’t enough, I wanted greater distance and longer rides so Caroline’s husband suggested the Sunday Girls. I went for my first ride on the hottest day of the year last year, on my hybrid – I took no water,had no gloves,not a clue what to expect. I got my first ever cycling tan lines that day, was exhausted, but I did 22 miles on that hybrid, and a massive smile on my face the whole way round, even when I had to get off and walk. Everyone waited for me at the top of the hills (they were proper, massive hills, we’re talking oooo 2% incline here!!!) and I was so grateful. The support received then, and now, is amazing! I was well and truly bitten by the bug. I got my road bike in February (after saying I would never go to drop handles) and a few weeks ago got my clips (after saying I would never be physically attached to my bike) and I have had tumbles, the photos of which you have seen. But I couldn’t be happier! It’s been hard for me this past few months as some of you will know, but cycling with the sun on my face and the wind in my hair has made it that bit easier (I am sat here with tears streaming down my face – cycling makes you nuts folks!!)

My aim is to be as lithe and svelte as Chris Froome – failing that, a bit thinner will do! And to continue with the fab friends I have made as a member of this club *sniff*

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Anne Chatterton

Club Coach Anne
Approaching 50 and weighing 17 stone my poor horse was beginning to struggle while out competing. I decided if I didn’t lose weight I would have to give up riding .So to cut along story short joined weight watchers lost 5 stone. Having lost weight in the past needed a way to keep it off so jogging was the way to go. Did this for 18 months ran a 10k . Then read an advert for British Cycling’s Breeze program. Sounded a good way to get me cycling and helping other women in to fitness. During the training I met Annie Dalton and Suzanne Szenher.

We started running 5 mile bike rides . We then met June Heron and started cycling most weekends. We wanted to develop our cycling but couldn’t find any ladies clubs . So with the help of British Cycling the Sunday Girls Road Club was born ( Name supplied by Annie’s Husband Nick).

I feel blessed to have met some amazing ladies in our club and some great people in the cycling community.
And anyone worried about my horse she retired and lives very happily in Selby.

Carol Cooke


I did my first Sunday Girls ride in the same week I lost my husband to cancer after a long and brave fight. I had bought a road bike but hadn’t had much chance to ride it and didn’t know anything about gears let alone when to change them but with help and encouragement from all the girls on the ride I arrived home that day with a big smile on my face. The following week I did my first Breeze ride and between the two groups have met some fantastic people and developed a real passion for cycling. I’ve been away with the Sunday Girls on mountain biking weekends, camping trips, evenings out and even running events, (another one of my passions) and had so much fun. I now hold a Breeze Level 2 ride leader certificate and hope to lead more Sunday Girls rides in the future. In August I’m going on my first cycling holiday to France, an unsupported ladies only trip cycling from Bordeaux to Narbonne with all my camping equipment on the back of the bike. Cycling and becoming a member of the Sunday Girls really has changed my life and through this I have met some of the loveliest people I know.

Claire Champlin

Club Coach Claire
It all started about 3 Years ago when I met Anne Chatterton on some disability cycle training at work, and at the time I was just in training to do my first ever Coast to Coast along the Transpenine Trail (263miles in total). The furthest I had cycled was about 5 miles ,but knew I needed to up the miles before the challenge.

Anne Invited me to join the club rides to help get my miles up, but only having an old mountain that weighed a ton and very little cycle gear, I was very apprehensive, because how could I keep up with a cycle club on road bikes with all the gear. Well I did and joined the ride around May time before the big adventure. The ride was a challenge but Kerry Stephensonand Anne where my buddies and supported me all the way, even when I was ready to go back, as I was so slow and felt guilty for making everyone wait for me, but they did and still do, and this has never changed throughout . I completed the coast to coast and since then done another coast to coast which was with all the ladies from the club. Totally amazing!!

The club as a whole and the ladies in it, has helped me in more ways than just cycling. From being bullied in school due to being the chubby girl and feeling like I always had to prove to everyone, even myself that I was ok at something, sport has always helped, but the ladies in this club have given me confidence, inspiration and self worth. I have met some truly amazing people and friends for life. I have also achieved so many things I never thought where possible including numerous sportive, 2 coast to coast and my level 2 cycle coaching badge, plus much more.

In brief , I would never have achieved and done what I have done without the support and fun times with the lovely ladies called the Sunday Girls Road Club.

Thank you and sorry for waffling so will stop now.

Heres to many more fabulous years of cycling fun,trips and socials.