THREE Morpeth boys have completed a cycling challenge for a wheely good cause.
And as well as travelling 75 miles on cyclepaths and minor roads from Berwick to Morpeth over two days, Cameron Dick, Tom Hizzett and Harry Martin have put in a lot of effort to raise awareness of their ride – more than £1,000 has already been collected for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The 12-year-olds, who have known each other since starting nursery, have seen first-hand the great work that the charity does to support people, as family members and family friends have been diagnosed with cancer.
Despite the high temperatures and some tough uphill sections, the Chantry Middle School and Technology College students made good progress on both days, helped by some long training runs beforehand. Their overnight stop was at Dunstan Steads.
Harry said: “We had to take on a few hills, especially on the first day, but I relished the challenge and it felt great when we reached the top of them.”
Tom, who like Harry lives in Lancaster Park, said: “My favourite section was Alnmouth to Amble, because we got to see a stretch of beautiful coast and it was mainly flat, so we could cycle quite quickly.”
Kirkhill resident Cameron said he, Tom and Harry are grateful to everyone who has made a donation, including £170 from Kath Halliday, headteacher at the first school they attended (Morpeth All Saints).
“The last section from Druridge Bay to Morpeth was the longest bit, but knowing what to expect from the roads and cyclepaths in this area and being close to the end drove us on,” he added.
Their parents said that they are all very proud of what they have achieved. Further funds will be raised in September when Chantry will hold a non-uniform day.
Those who wish to make a donation can do so at www.justgiving.com/C4CB2M