Team of teenagers, including Warminster boy, in epic end-to-end cycle for charity (From This Is Wiltshire)
Team of teenagers, including Warminster boy, in epic end-to-end cycle for charity
10:00am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
A group of 10 teenagers, including Lawrence Pitman, who lives in Bishopstrow, near Warminster, have completed a 14-day charity ride from Land’s End to John o’ Groats in aid of Cancer Research UK.
The boys, from Bishop Wordsworth’s School, in Salisbury, rode under the team name BWSLEJOG and comprised nine 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old.
They took 14 days to cycle the arduous route, averaging 70 miles a day; and all of them completed the whole ride, just over 1,000 miles, supported by a group of parents.
Mark Pitman, Lawrence’s father, was part of the support team which made camp every day, cooked meals and fixed numerous punctures.
“Being part of this was a pleasure; the boys did all the organising and route planning for the trip; our role was to support them and ensure they all rode the whole 1,000 miles, and made it to John o’ Groats safely. This is a wonderful achievement for a group of 15/16 year olds, and the support from the public has been overwhelming,” he said.
Inspiration for the ride came after the cancer diagnosis of a much admired teacher, and the boys decided to undertake the ride during their summer holiday, after their GCSE’s.
They received their results mid-ride to much celebration, achieving 92 As and A*s between them.
Their initial fundraising target of £4,000 was exceeded mid-ride, and now stands at over £7,000.
Lawrence said: “We all put in lots of training, and as a team we rode together every day, supporting each other, and enjoying the fabulous scenery on the way.
“Our pink jerseys were a talking point everywhere we stopped, and we were inundated with donations from the public as we rode.
“We’ve achieved something that we will remember for the rest of our lives, and have smashed our fundraising target for Cancer Research UK.”