Coast to Coast challengers

Coast to Coast challengers

30th July 2013


CYCLIST tackled an uphill, down dale struggle as they tried to raise money for a cause close to their hearts.

Students from Risedale Sports and Community College completed the gruelling coast to coast bike ride, 134 miles of Pennine endurance from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Sunderland.

They hope their efforts will raise hundreds of pounds for Phoenix House at Catterick Garrison, a rehabilitation centre for injured servicemen.

Ten students from Years 9 to 11 at the Hipswell school rose to the challenge accompanied by teacher Neil Fatkin and North Yorkshire County Council Youth Support Service worker Dale Stevens.

They were Brandon Little, Lewis Thompson, Aimee Dagnall, Reece Roberts, Josh Armstrong, all 15, Ryan Comber, 16, Jordan Craggs, 14, Mason Mount, 16, Marshall Hagemeyer, 16, and Shane Holby, 14.

The intrepid group began training seven weeks ago building up from five miles a day to about 40 for an event expected to raise more than £500.

Shane said: “I ride to school every day but had never tackled anything like this. But it was well worth it as it is for a great cause. We visited the centre and I was amazed how much equipment had been donated.”

Neil added: “Many of our students have parents in the armed forces; some have sustained injuries and the children have to live daily with the worry of something happening to their family. The centre does an incredible job and we were delighted to help.”

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