Congratulations to five Sixth Formers; Seb Cheli, Jack Smart, Tom Gossage, James Hughes and Rhys Edwards (known as The Five Wheelers) who have successfully completed their challenge to cycle from John O'Groats to Lands End. The journey took two weeks in July, with the boys raising over £5,000 for Help for Heroes.
Their 1,032 mile journey ended on a warm sunny day at Lands End, Cornwall on Sunday 22 July with banners, bunting and a champagne welcome from their parents, some members of staff and two Help for Heroes representatives. It was rather different conditions from the cold, wet and windy start when they set off from John O'Groats in Scotland a fortnight earlier. The boys made their way south through the length of Scotland and England with the one of the school minibuses decked out for the event and ably driven by Stephen Clark, a member of school staff, following closely behind as the support vehicle.
After 5 and a half long days cycling, with bunk house and camp site overnight stops, they crossed the Scottish border into England, and mastered some steep climbs through the Lake District, and on to Shropshire with their longest day of 102 miles. Here they enjoyed a well earned two night stop, with rest day, at the home of Richard and Sarah Burt (current parents), who so kindly opened their home to the boys. The following morning a couple of staff and one parent joined them on their cycle down to Cheltenham, with the guests soon realising what a slick and efficient cycling unit the boys were!
After a welcome reception at the front of College, they also took advantage of some fundraising at the Cheltenham Cricket Festival. Then followed their wettest day and some gruelling hills to Cheddar Gorge in a strong headwind. But Devon was in sight and after a night spent camping at a pig farm, enjoying their delicious home produce, the sun finally came out. Two glorious final days, where they managed average speeds of over 20 miles an hour and top speeds of over 50 miles an hour, saw them complete the journey.
A fantastic challenge and achievement for a very worthy cause. The boys can now proudly call themselves 'End to Enders'.
You can still show your support on their Just Giving page, where any donations go towards 'Help for Heroes': http://www.justgiving.com/H4HCycle2012