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Santa Cycle by Robbie Silcock, Buddy the Elf

So I set off this morning for the Island Wheelers Santa Cycle and although I was initially worried that I may look like a cotton headed ninny muggings the cars and traffic on the road were all very welcoming. As I travelled to Coalisland I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gumdrops, and then I rode down the Ballynakelly rode excited to see the effort everyone had made.

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Unfortunately as I was running late I didn’t have much time for picking Snowberries with the Arctic Puffins although they agreed that it was a bit warm for this anyway, besides, I was so excited to see Santa as I KNOW HIM; but maybe you have heard that before.

Upon arriving in Coalisland there were lots of photographs – I didn’t have a problem with this because smiling’s my favourite. I got to see many Santa’s and just to be sure who was the real one, I asked them all if they remembered what I sang them on their birthday; unfortunately they all got this right and so I had to continue my interrogation on the road.

We finally set off on our way but not even a mile from town Santa had a real Son of a Nutcracker moment as he broke a spoke on his sleigh – luckily for us, Mrs Clause was at hand with a spare. You could tell this was a trial run for Christmas Eve as our group of Santa’s, Elves & Helpers made short work of the 20+mile journey to Bluebells – speed is key when you have the whole world to cover in 24hours!!

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We arrived at Bluebells just on time, ready to restock on all of the four main food groups – Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corns & Syrup and luckily, they did not disappoint. Bluebells do not profess to have the World’s Best Coffee but I think we were all pretty happy to say they could be a contender, especially after a swift morning’s cycle.

The full crew set off on the journey home to Coalisland into a stiff headwind meaning we had to have our youth riders lead the way and show us how it is done. As we neared Coalisland, the headwind was starting to get the better of a few Santa’s and they were struggling to move their sleigh, we put this down to a dodgy Clausometre.

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Thankfully, everyone knows that a sleigh runs on Christmas Spirit and the BEST WAY TO SPREAD CHRISTMAS CHEER, IS TO SING A SONG FOR ALL TO HEAR!! The singing certainly worked, and everyone made it back to Coalisland after what was a great morning out.

Thanks to all who enjoyed the day with us!!

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