Challenging Disability Through Outdoor Adventure



Newcastle School for Boys bid to raise £1,000 for Calvert Trust Kielder

Newcastle School for Boys

 

41 cyclists made up of staff, parents and children from Newcastle School for Boys, biked around the Kielder Water to raise funds for Calvert Trust Kielder on Saturday 25 June 2011.

Riders started at the boathouse at Matthew’s Lynn and either did a 10 mile loop around Bull Crag Peninsula or circumnavigated the 27 miles around the reservoir. The shorter ride took about an hour without stops, while the marathon ride lasted between two and three hours. Supporting them in their challenge was Purple Mountain, the bike hire centre based near Kielder Castle, who provided several riders with bikes and helmets at a discount rate from the start point. The Cycle Centre in Shields Road, Byker, also offered their services at a special discount to NSB parents and boys.

On a cloudy but dry Saturday morning six senior boys and four staff set up checkpoints around the reservoir before the teams of NSB families arrived at Matthew’s Lynn. Most of the marathon riders left before 11am. The Dayson team arrived back first at the boathouse two and a half hours later, having stopped to repair another rider’s bike. One of the last teams to arrive could not explain why their milometer had clocked up 38 miles nor indeed how they had passed the salmon ladder north of Kielder Castle! The last father and son team to arrive back clocked up a staggering 5 hours and 30 minutes, which included time to recover at the Leaplish Lakeside Centre café. But in the end everyone made it back to base in one piece, tattooed with mosquito bites and one father with a few bruised ribs.

Many thanks to all those who took part in the challenge.  So far £767 has been raised for the Trust with more funds to come in.

 


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