Dads show off their pedal power for school funds

Simon Byrne  with his bike.'Picture Keith Taylor/cameracraft
Simon Byrne with his bike.'Picture Keith Taylor/cameracraft

The bank holiday was far from an easy ride for a group of Northumberland dads.

For while the seven parents managed to get a break from work, they had a far more gruelling task to complete in the form of a 200-mile sponsored bike ride.

The determined dads took on the Coast and Castles route between Newcastle and Edinburgh over two days last weekend to raise funds for Stannington First School, where their children attend.

The school is trying to raise £65,000 for a new classroom to be used by pupils and community groups, and the dads, who are all keen cyclists, decided to help out.

One of the participants Simon Byrne said: “The seven of us meet regularly for a drink and we got talking one evening about how we could support the fund-raising work that the school and PTA were doing. We’re all keen cyclists and once the idea of taking on the Coast and Castles route was suggested, we all signed up straight away.”

Stannington Headteacher Helen Stokoe said: “Everyone at the school is very impressed by the enthusiasm, commitment and fitness of these parents, who were prepared to give up their bank holiday weekend to raise money for our activity and community room.”

The challenge was given a push-start by The Banks Group, which operates the nearby Brenkley Lane surface mine where Mr Byrne works, with a £250 donation.