Pedal power pupils saddle up for funds

Students from Chantry Middle School in Morpeth who did a C2C cycle ride presenting �2197 to Robert Colgrave from the Great North Air Ambulance.
Students from Chantry Middle School in Morpeth who did a C2C cycle ride presenting �2197 to Robert Colgrave from the Great North Air Ambulance.
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FIVE young Morpeth cyclists raised more than £2,000 for charity after riding across the country.

William Chishlom, Matthew Eke, Josh White, Nathan Eltringham-Davison and Mark Statton of Chantry Middle School & Technology College completed the Coast to Coast Challenge from Workington in Cumbria to Tynemouth within three days.

Supported by Blyth Valley Arts & Leisure’s (BVAL’s) Make-a-Move team, the cyclists underwent intense training throughout the summer in preparation for the 140-mile ride.

Despite an early start and tough climbs, the heavy rain did not dampen spirits as the group reached Troutbeck in good time. Day two included the daunting task of climbing Hartside summit, however the cyclists raced up the 1,904ft incline and arrived at Alston just before 4pm.

Day three featured further challenges, including Crawleyside Bank, but this was met with astonishing determination — so much so that the group continued past their accommodation and rode 70 miles on the day to return home a day early.

Luis Perales, Sport Inclusion Officer for BVAL, said: “It was a delight to lead this well-yielded team on the C2C bike challenge.

“The event ran smoothly and all along it was an exhibition of mental and physical fitness, peer support and determination.

“The event was a real success and we hope it sets a precedent to further groups using outdoor opportunities to aid a positive individual and group development.”

The quintet have been congratulated by their school and after collecting sponsorship money, they have presented the Great North Air Ambulance with a cheque for £2,197.

If you are interested in the Coast to Coast Challenge or would like more information about cycling opportunities in south east Northumberland and Morpeth, email lperales@bval.co.uk