Pupils cycle length of UK for charities

The Robert Gordons College pupils
The Robert Gordons College pupils

Starting at Land’s End a group of pupils from Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen pedalled their way up to John O’Groats on the north coast of the Highlands.

The pupils carried out the challenge in aid of ‘Cash for Kids’ and ‘Building Schools for Africa’.

Amongst the group were local pupils Alex Wood (Oldmeldrum), Harry Douglas (Oldmeldrum), Dan Hosie (Newburgh) and Timothy Lyons (Insch).

Leaving the south-westerly tip of England on Sunday, June 5, the team, consisting of seven fifth year pupils with two teachers, covered over 900 miles and climbed over 40,000ft.

Cycling an average of 75 miles per day the longest day saw them reach 106 miles.

The group cycled through Shrewsbury, Preston, Carlisle, towards Inverness and completed their tour of the UK on Thursday, June 16 at John O’Groats.

Pupil Tim Lyonsaid: “Doing the challenge with a group of friends has got me through it even though the weather was not always good. Finishing was the best part.

“I would like to do a different long distance challenge again.”

Mrs Robinson, Teacher of Geography commented: “I have been very impressed at how resilient the boys have been.

“The wind and the rain on the last few days of the challenge made it extremely tough however I loved seeing parts of the country that I haven’t seen before.”

Michelle Ferguson, Charity Manager at Cash for Kids said: “We cannot thank the team enough for choosing Cash for Kids as one of the charities to benefit from their fantastic fundraising challenge.

“All the money raised for Cash for Kids will go to support vulnerable children in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and we wish the boys and their brave teachers all the very best with this phenomenal challenge.”

Pupil Matthew Brock added: “We are proud to be supporting two worthwhile charities during our cycle challenge.

“‘Cash for Kids’ is well known locally for helping disabled and disadvantaged children throughout the Grampian area.

“We are passionate about helping provide the basic right for all children to go to school and are also fundraising for ‘Building Schools for Africa’ to build a classroom, helping others get the education we all deserve.”