Unicycle effort caps a day of fun for all the family

11 year old Bobbie-Sue from Blackpool prepares for her 100km unicycle ride
11 year old Bobbie-Sue from Blackpool prepares for her 100km unicycle ride
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A spectacular one-wheeled fund-raising drive was the highlight at the annual RNLI Blackpool lifeboat station open day.

The family fun day played host to an incredible attempt by 11-year-old Bobbie-Sue Byrne, who rode 100km on a unicycle during the day to raise funds for the charity.

Accompanying Bobbie-Sue was eight-year-old sister Morgan who rode alongside her,
also on a unicycle.

Together they rode from South Pier to North Pier and back again repeatedly to complete the mammoth distance and raise the cash.

Former Thames Primary School pupil Bobbie-Sue, who is due to start at St Mary’s Catholic College, said: “I like to pick a charity every year and the RNLI is a great cause.

“The ride was a little bit hard but loads of fun and it was nice to have my sister with me, too.”

Dad Pete Byrnes, of Bond Street, South Shore, said he was proud of his daughters, adding: “It all started three years ago, they are both very active kids and wanted to try something new.

“I enrolled Bobbie-Sue for the Blackpool Circus School where she learned to spin plates and ride a unicycle. They both now ride 20 km every day. Bobbie-Sue even won second place in the under 16s unicycle national championships.”

Ian Butter, voluntary station chairman for the RNLI Blackpool, said: “Saturday was a fantastic success and we had wonderful day.

“I would to thank 
everyone who came to our family fun day and supported our volunteers.

“The RNLI is a charity and we can’t save lives at sea without the support of our local community.

“I would also like to 
congratulate Bobbie-Sue on her tremendous effort, 100km on a unicycle is an impressive feat at any age but at 11 years old it’s incredible.”

Bobbie-Sue completed the challenge in eight hours and 15 minutes.

And given that North Pier to South Pier and back again is only 6km, Bobbie had to make the trip 17 times with the occasional pit-stop.

Despite the early rain, people got involved with 
Saturday’s open day and the opportunity to explore the lifeboat station and look inside the boats as part of the day.

RNLI volunteer crew members and fund-raisers were 
also on hand to meet the public and answer their questions about the RNLI, with live music and dancing performed throughout the day.

“Everyone at the station is looking forward to next year already,” added Ian.