Yes, our Hero failed us today, he didn’t like the look of the weather and shirked it. Having planned to meet Tom Idle at Sudden, just outside Rochdale, he found that the heavy overnight snowfall was just too intimidating. But finding that slopping about at home was also irksome, by the afternoon, and no doubt after some sort of thaw had begun, he decided to risk venturing forth. He then notices a large gash in his rear tyre, and even though he knows that no cycle repair shops would be open, he opts to continue. Brave man.
So off he goes to meet up with the clubrun at the tea place in Ribchester, nursing his torn tyre. But all ends well, the tyre made it.