Today our director, Sandra, is continuing with her Trigger Your Blog, blogging challenge.

For today’s challenge, I have to share a great experience I have had recently.  This was a tough decision as over the last few months I have done lots of fun things so I had plenty of things to choose from.  I decided to share more about the Sportsmans Lunch I attended recently.  The guest of honour was Yorkshire Cricket Captain, Andrew Gale.

Sportsmans Lunch with Andrew Gale

I was invited to as a guest of our business bank, Barclays.  The lunch was in aid of Marie Curie Hospice.  The key fundraiser and organiser of the event is Sharon Link, she’s wonderful and always arranges the best events.

Sportsmans Lunch

The long lunch was held at the outstanding Midland Hotel in the centre of Bradford. Gary Peacock, the Manager, and his team got the catering spot on.

On arrival, we were treated to a Buck’s Fizz reception.  I chatted to other guests and met up with our host from Barclays, Mel, who looked after me perfectly

Soon after it was time to head  to the Banqueting Suite where the food was on the table and you helped yourself. This was a great idea. Our table was near the front and it turned out to be a perfect position for us.

As Andrew was the main guest of the afternoon there was plenty of talk of cricket.  I went to lots of amateur local cricket matches as a young girl, I often scored at cricket matches too.

Then I found cycling!

The Master of Ceremonies for the lunch was brilliant and very funny.  John Stiles, who is the son of England’s World Cup winning footballer, Nobby Stiles, was the comedian.  The lunch itself raised over £40,000!

Andrew Gale was interviewed in a question and answer style format and he was very good and entertaining.  After his interview, I had the opportunity to chat with him.  I told Andrew all about Pennine Cycles as he was cycling 60 miles for his Andrew Gale benefit ride which was coming up, to raise money for charity.  He was going to be joined by fellow cricketer Tim Bresnan, who was also at the lunch.

A few days before the ride both Andrew and Tim came into the shop for Paul to give their bikes a quick spruce up before the ride.

Sportsmans Lunch with Andrew Gale

It was a great afternoon at the Sportsmans lunch and it was also great to get the opportunity to talk cycling with Andrew Gale!