Cyclists gear up for epic bike journey

Amber Sabumanoharan aged nine and Serena Fletcher 14 take part in Cycle Challenge at Salterhebble School.
Amber Sabumanoharan aged nine and Serena Fletcher 14 take part in Cycle Challenge at Salterhebble School.
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Youngsters have been getting on their bikes to support a group of cyclists on their quest.

Pupils, staff, parents and friends saddled up to cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End on exercise bikes. Taking it in turns people of all ages got on their bikes and showed how much pedal power they had while raising money for charity.

They were helped by the cyclists who are gearing up to cycle the 900 miles for real on Thursday, April 18, as part of their aim to raise more than £100,000 to fund 25 apprentices in Calderdale.

The idea is organised by Community Foundation for Calderdale and around £70,000 has been raised already thanks to various fund-raising events and the Mayor of Calderdale, Coun John Hardy who is supporting it as his charity of the year.

Each of the seven riders have also been drumming up individual support by emailing friends and colleagues all over the world.

And from each of the ten schools that took part between £500 and 600 was raised apart from at Salterhebble Primary School, Halifax, where £1,400 was raised.

Cyclist Martin haigh said: “All the children have enjoyed taking part and seem really excited to get on their bikes. The younger children keep asking to come back and to do some more.

“We have even had some children that have never been on a bike but really enjoyed it.”

The group has been preparing for their 9.5 day challenge with long distance cycling over the weekends and as a group during week nights when their commitments allow them.

“This is such an important cause because it is a great way to get the economy moving,” said Martin. “It is also a great way to encourage people to back cycling and raise awareness of fitness.”