King’s students have a ‘wheely’ good time at Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit

On Monday 22nd October, thirty five IL students from The King’s took part in a sponsored event held at Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit, Prissick Sports Base, to raise funds for our Sportsability Club and the ‘Race for the Ramp’ Academy initiative to have one of the minibuses adapted for wheelchair access.

On a cold damp morning the group arrived at the cycle circuit to complete their challenge to cycle the 225km distance of the Coast to Coast cycle ride, achieved by one of our Sixth Form students Will Gaudie last year.  This meant that each student had to complete approximately seven laps of the 1km circuit for the team to succeed.

Some of the Year 9 students in the group had been fortunate enough to have already undergone a six week cycle coaching session from Ben Dobson and Dave Morton, both Level 2 British Cycling coaches from the circuit. Two of The King’s visually impaired boys, Kain Bradford and Jamie Charlton had only just learnt how to ride a bike from attending one of the coaching sessions!

All safety checks complete, helmets on and bikes at the ready, the first group of riders set out, swiftly followed by two more groups.  Every type of bike was used for the event, road bikes, mountain bikes, recumbent bikes, tandems, trikes, you name it and the students used it!  Owen Swift completed his laps in his power chair.

The laps were counted and recorded by Mrs Zalewsk-Wilson and Ben our coach, as each rider passed the line.  Even the staff that came along to support had to get on a bike and do a bit of cycling!  Mr Emms and Nathan Carne worked well together, as did Mrs Scard and Dylan Pearson.  Charlie Connelly was assisted by Mr Hall who ran with him all the way to give him moral support. Mrs Edwards and Mrs Hull found it hard to keep up with Jamie, Kain and Grace who were storming along to set the pace, even Mrs Walker found a spare trike to do a couple of laps on!  Jamie Blott’s dad brought Jamie’s trike along and Jamie certainly put his dad through his paces as he struggled to catch Jamie up!

Ms Makin was rightly very proud of the group’s determination and achievement: “The day proved to be a huge success, with great fun had by all. The final amount raised for the two charities was a fantastic £670.00. Sir Chris Hoy and Jody Cundy need to watch out!”

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