A GROUP of Morpeth school students are getting on their bikes for a long distance charity challenge.
The Coast to Coast journey between Workington in Cumbria and Tynemouth will be ridden by five Year 7 pupils at Chantry Middle School & Technology College in the final week of the summer holidays.
William Chisholm, Joshua White, Nathan Eltringham-Davison, Mark Statton and Matthew Eke plan to tackle the 140-mile route in four days and they will be staying in tents overnight.
After discussing which charity to support they chose the Great North Air Ambulance and a non-uniform day has been held to support the fundraising.
In preparation for the ride, the quintet have been training on Tuesday evenings with Luis Perales – Sports Development Officer at Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure.
Sessions have looked at areas such as gear changing, making repairs and safety on the road.
Mr Perales, who will accompany the boys on the ride, said: “They are very well motivated students and they respected what I was teaching them.
“The cohesion of the team was one of the highlights of these sessions.
“I have been getting the boys physically and mentally fit for the ride and I’m confident they will all be able to complete the challenge.”
Staff will provide further support during the four days and Chantry’s Student Voice Co-ordinator Rachel Said is taking the pupils on a ‘find the clues’ cycling activity day on Tyneside to keep them active on their bikes.
Matthew is looking forward to the Coast to Coast ride after cycling 67 miles during the Northern Rock Cyclone last month.
“I enjoy cycling in the countryside for the freedom it gives me as well as the great sights,” he added.
“Luis has been a great teacher because he has taught me things I wouldn’t have dreamed of knowing.”
Nathan said: “It’s been very useful to learn some new things in these sessions, for example it surprised me that you shouldn’t quickly jump through the gears.
“I can’t wait to go on the track. It will be tough but I’m doing another charity ride before the Coast to Coast and I’ll be on my bike as often as I can so I will be well prepared.”