The York Rally Committee

The York Rally is an independent, volunteer run organisation, not affiliated to any national or local cycling club. It’s made up from cyclists who love the Rally and are not willing to see it fade away.

Our inaugural meeting was held on Saturday 21st June 2014 to re-launch the York Rally for 2015. A committee was elected, and (after various changes at subsequent meetings) is as follows:

President: Brian Robinson (the first Briton to finish the Tour de France and the first to win a Tour stage – more details here.)
Chairman: Gerry Boswell
Event Co-ordinator: Paul Reid (
Treasurer: Rachel Thompson (
Minutes Secretary and Campsite Steward: Athena Brumhead (
Rides Co-ordinator: Gary Knighton (
Trade Co-ordinator: Charlie Hodge (
Volunteer Co-ordinator: Judith Ainsworth
Publicity Officer (& Vice Chairman): Peter Eland
Committee Members: Dave Bishop (Arena activities and racing), Tony Stephenson (Auction), Graham Lawrance, Peter Huxford (Sustrans liaison), Dylan Thomas (Catering), Sue Kermode (Fundraising), Ted Radford (Quartermaster).

For general Rally enquiries, or if you are not sure which address to use, please send an email to and it will reach several of the committee members automatically.

The Rally is an all volunteer organised event, and is being run not for profit and purely for the love of cycling and to see this great event continue.

For each Rally we need to raise a total of around £18,000 to cover the basic costs of the Rally (see the Friends page for more details) so the committee is clear that every penny counts, and no money can be spent that has not been raised. In this spirit committee members have agreed not to claim expenses (travel,  phones, stationary, postage, etc.).

We also have to make it clear that there are no ‘freebies’: any York Rally clothing worn by committee and volunteers is to be paid for by them personally. Both committee members and volunteers using the campsite are being asked to book pitches at the same prices as everyone else.

This lets us ensure that evey penny raised goes towards covering the unavoidable costs, including Knavesmire hire, insurance, showers, toilets, security, marquees, first aid, and much more.

All – especially anyone with ideas for the next Rally – are always welcome to attend meetings, or to contribute ideas! Other cycling organisations who could use the almost unlimited space available on the Rally site are most welcome to get in touch to explore the possibilities.

The next meeting (and AGM) will be held at the Church Hall of St Chad’s on the Knavesmire, Campleshon Road, York YO23 1EY on the 25th November 2017 at 10AM. All are welcome! Please just let us know if you would like a lift from the railway station.

Most of the committee at the York Rally meeting of September 2015. Photo: Peter Eland
Most of the committee at the York Rally meeting of September 2014. Photo: Peter Eland