Teens complete four-day cycling challenge

CELEBRATIONS ... the St Wilfrid's RC College cyclists are in high spirits as they reach Amble Marina.
CELEBRATIONS ... the St Wilfrid's RC College cyclists are in high spirits as they reach Amble Marina.
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TEENAGERS from a South Tyneside school have cycled their way through a gruelling 200-mile challenge.

Pupils from St Wilfrid’s RC College tackled the coast and castles cycle route from Edinburgh to Newcastle.

The group, led by teacher Helen Nuttall and youth support worker Tony Mordue, pedalled an average of 50 miles a day over four days to complete the challenge.

The route, starting at Edinburgh Castle, took them through the Scottish Borders and into Northumberland, passing Lindisfarne Castle, Bamburgh Castle finishing with Tynemouth Priory and Newcastle.

The team, consisting of Nicholas Holt, Aleksandra Lachowicz, Abbey Ryan, Aidan Frier, Aidan Smith, Lewis Fay and Callum Thompson, have completed a range of training rides over the past few months in preparation of the challenge.

Miss Nuttall, who has been the driving force behind the success of the St Wilfrid’s Cycling Club in recent years, said: “I am really proud of the achievement of this group of students who responded magnificently to a series of challenges as well as the rigours of actually pedalling long distances.

“They learned to work together as a team and showed real discipline and responsibility for each other.”

The Cycle Club at the school in Temple Park Road, South Shields, was launched in 2010 after the school became involved in a cycling exchange with Wuppertal – South Tyneside’s twin town in Germany.

The club organises weekly rides for students supported by local officers from cycle charity Sustrans.

During the winter, training is carried out on turbo trainers. An adult community cycling section has also been established since the club was launched.

Already, the club has cycled 250 miles from Amsterdam to Wuppertal and last year rode 200 miles from Calais to Paris to see the end of the 100th Tour de France.

Miss Nuttall added: “St Wilfrid’s has built up a good reputation for cycling achievement.

“It is a great activity which has many benefits. We are grateful for the support from South Tyneside Council’s Simonside Activities Centre and Sustrans for our cycling programme.”

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