Harrogate school 102-mile bike ride raises £3,000

Students and teachers at Ashville College raise �3,000 for Open Arms Malawi. (S)
Students and teachers at Ashville College raise �3,000 for Open Arms Malawi. (S)

Riding 102 miles across three counties, students and teachers at Ashville College have raised £3,000 for charity.

The 12-strong team began their ‘Pedal for Bricks’ ride at the Hydro Hotel, in Bowness, Windermere – home to the school during the Second World War – and cycled across the backbone of Northern England back to Ashville.

The team’s fundraising efforts will go towards projects run by Open Arms Malawi - a Harrogate-based charity that cares for young people in the African country that was established by a former Ashville teacher.

Ian Gould, Ashville director of outdoors education and Pedal for Bricks organiser, said: “It was a tough challenge and the weather was not the kindest.

“However, we made it back and the £3,000 will help purchase building and decorating materials for the Open Arms Charity.

“This will be used in a number of projects in Blantyre and Mangochi when a group of staff and sixth formers visit Malawi in July.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to my fellow cyclists and to everyone who supported us with food, transport, banners, words of encouragement and sponsorship – it made for a truly memorable achievement for a very worthy cause.”

Setting off in pouring rain, the first pit stop was in the Cumbrian market town of Milnthorpe, before heading into Lancashire where, nearing Hornby, they were ambushed by the worst of the weather.

Back in Yorkshire, the team had lunch at Settle, where some carried out urgent repairs to their cycles. The riders then travelled into Airton and out of Appletreewick.

At Stump Cross Caverns the group had just enough time to regain some of their energy for the final push towards Ashville, via Greenhow, Menwith Hill and Pennypot.