Boys get on their bikes for a charity challenge

From left to right: Nathan Eltringham Davies, Matthew Eke, Mark Statton, Joshua White, William Chisholm.'The Make a Move team are pictured at the back with Luis Perales the team leader and trainer on the far right.'The boys have raised over �1,500 for the Great North Air Ambulance and will be doing a cheque presentation soon.  The Ride was 135 miles long and they had to start and finish by dipping their bike wheels in the sea
From left to right: Nathan Eltringham Davies, Matthew Eke, Mark Statton, Joshua White, William Chisholm.'The Make a Move team are pictured at the back with Luis Perales the team leader and trainer on the far right.'The boys have raised over �1,500 for the Great North Air Ambulance and will be doing a cheque presentation soon. The Ride was 135 miles long and they had to start and finish by dipping their bike wheels in the sea
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FIVE Morpeth school students put their pedal to the metal from one side of England to another for charity.

The 146-mile Coast to Coast journey between Workington in Cumbria and Tynemouth, which included some cycling off the main route, was completed in the final week of the summer holidays by William Chisholm, Matthew Eke, Nathan Eltringham-Davison, Mark Statton and Josh White.

The boys have so far raised more than £1,500 from their ride, which will go to the Great North Air Ambulance.

Accompanying the youngsters were five adult riders, including Luis Perales from Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure, who did some cycling sessions with the group last term to help prepare members for the gruelling challenge.

And the training certainly paid off as Josh broke a record by cycling up Hartside, Cumbria, in 40 minutes.

The 13-year-old said: “I definitely want to do this again as it was a really fun experience.

“We were overtaken by a woman cyclist on the road during the ride, but it was good when we got to the gravel tracks because we had mountain bikes and so we were able to catch her up and pass her.”

Mark, aged 12, said climbing Hartside was the toughest part of the journey as it was about five miles uphill.

“But I was most excited going up Crawleyside Bank in Stanhope (County Durham) because the flat gravel section to the finish started at the top,” he added.

The Chantry Middle School and Technology College students rode for 37 miles on the first day and 39 miles on day two, before going a remarkable 70 miles the following day to finish the challenge earlier than planned.

William, 12, said: “It felt brilliant when we got to the end. We weren’t feeling that tired on the third day and the ground was mainly flat, so we decided to keep going to Tynemouth.

“The funniest bit was when one of the adults, who was taking a bike from the van to a shed to lock up for the night, decided to get on it and tried to pull a really big skid.

“But he didn’t know that it didn’t have any brakes and so he fell off.”