Pupils show real grit in 230-mile pedal car ride

Giles pupils (in green) as they prepared to set off from Wales yesterday.
Giles pupils (in green) as they prepared to set off from Wales yesterday.

Grit and determination saw Giles Academy pupils complete an epic 230-mile pedal car ride today - in less than half the expected time.

The selected team of sixth form students set off from Flint in Wales yesterday to finish Skegness, raising thousands for Macmillan.

The challenge took place in respect for their ‘inspirational’ teacher Ben Vidler who is seriously ill with cancer.

Despite planning to complete the coast-to-coast ride in about 48 hours, students managed to reach Skegness in just 18 hours 57 minutes.

The youngsters took it in turns to pedal the one-man vehicle, collecting donations along the way. They rode through Boston at about 7.30am this morning.

Deputy head Sue Barnicoat said: “The pupils didn’t want to stop - they just kept pedalling - and were reaching speeds of 20mph on the hills and 30mph on the flats.

“They were so impressive and everyone is ecstatic here at what they have achieved.”

The pupils stopped by Ben’s house early this morning, where he described their efforts as ‘just brilliant’.

The team will ride out from their school in Old Leake tomorrow, and pedal to Skegness for a special celebratory reception, collecting more money along the way.

For the full story and more pictures see Wednesday’s paper.

To support the team and donate to Macmillan visit www.givey.com/gilesformacmillan.