Cycle Trek Oldham was launched on 16th August 2015 as the first Round-Oldham family fun ride organised by Inner Quest and Coppice Sporting Alliance to promote the health and fitness benefits of cycling. The 30 strong group Riders drew members from all Oldham’s communities. The 12 mile ride was started by Deputy Mayor Councillor Derek Hefferman getting off to a great start from the Shahid Minar, Main Road on a brilliantly sunny Sunday morning. Also present to see the cyclists off were councillors Shaid Mushtak, Abdul Jabbar and Abdul Malik.
The cyclist’s route took them along Featherstall Road and past the Civic Centre on Rochdale Road, along King Street, down Park Road, up Waterloo Street and back down Park Road, Honeywell Lane to Primrose Bank and across Coppice, down Oxford Street to Block Lane, finishing back at Main Road. Stops along the way stops were made at the Pakistani Community Centre in Glodwick, the Indian Association at Schofield St and the Community Centre at Primrose Back.
Upon return to Main Road and the Shahid Minar the cyclists and volunteers were presented with celebratory medals by Councillors Zahid Chauhan, Fidda Hussain, Javid Iqbal and Mohon Ali.
The Asian Business Leaders Charity Dinner organisers have uploaded their short video of the event by Les Howarth to the (3 Mins) and we are pleased to present it here.
Surprise awards were presented to Martyn Torr and Phil Buckley QMP for Lifetime Achievements and Contributions to the Community and to our friends at dgsnUK as Emerging Business Leaders. Our Sincere congratulations go to them all.
Presenters for the evening were Martyn Torr and Dr. Basma Ellahi.
Guest Speakers were Mumtaz Bashir, Farhana Rahman – flown in from Bangladesh for the occasion, the Consul General of Pakistan and Dave Benstead of OBLG.
The Event concluded with a spectacular Video of the “Year of the Mayor 2014-2015” by Les Howarth of RealtimeImages, followed by the Mayor Fidda Hussain’s reflections upon his year in office and finally a charity auction hosted by O2’s Danny Simpson.