A few years ago, this route was marked as Jakobsweg Marburg-Siegen-Köln with the blue-yellow scallop shell. In the west-east direction, it is provided as Elisabeth path with red marks. Exactly on this course it was a few weeks ago that I met a cheerful group of uniformly dressed cyclists. As a special feature was in the core of the group a four-seater with a gentleman and three ladies. All belong to the factory team of the electronics company OE Electrics from the English town of Wakefield in Yorkshire.
Wakefield borders our English twin-region Colne Valley-Huddersfield and lies on the eastern edge of the Pennines. With 77,000 inhabitants, the place is a historic centre of the English coal industry. The National Coal Mining Museum for England documents the history of coal mining in Yorkshire. When mounting the Heiligenhauser Berg the clever athletes from England chose wisely not to cycle on the busy L 136 (formerly B 55). Rather, they used the quieter “Elisabeth Path” along Frielinghauser Strasse to reach the height of Heiligenhaus. At this point, the English athletes already have 80 meters of altitude difference behind them.
On this day they had left Cologne to reach Gummersbach. It was the last day of a four-day Rhineland exploration from the cathedral city. I was very happy to hear the unexpected Yorkshire English on Frielinghauser Strasse. After all, in the forty-six years of our twinning with Colne Valley, I have been able to get used to this variant of the English language at countless friendships.
– Siegfried Raimann
Our team are raising money for two charities. The first is Yorkshire Air Ambulance, a rapid response air emergency service that serves a population of approximately 5 million people across 4 million acres. The second is Helfende Hände Oberberg, a charity helping seriously ill children and their families in Oberberg.
On the 29th of June we took part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge completing a 39.2km walk in 12 hours. As well as this, in August a team of seventeen from the team will be cycling a huge 510km from OE Electrics Ltd (UK) to our new subsidiary OE GmbH (Gummersbach). The cycle will extend over five days with a celebratory evening concluding the cycle and celebrating the success of our launch in Germany.