STUDENTS are getting in the saddle for a gruelling cross-country bike ride.
A group of Year 9 and 10 students from Dene Community School of Technology, in Manor Way, Peterlee, are taking part in the 130-mile ride from Whitehaven, in Cumbria, to Hartlepool.
The aim of the tough trek, which takes place from Monday, July 11, to Thursday, July 14, is to raise funds for the school’s chosen charity, the RNLI.
The boys, aged 14 and 15, are Keiran Gething, Joe Bell, Cory Calvert, Kyle Bagnall, Dan Turner, Josh Broom, Nathan Kidman, Nathan Rudkin, Reece Franks and Anthony Naisbett.
They will tackle the challenge with the school’s PE teacher Richard Lloyd.
The ride will begin at Whitehaven on the west coast and the group will cycle through to Penrith the following day, where they will stay over.
The next day they will cycle over to the Pennines, spending a night there, before setting off for the finish in Hartlepool. The boys are either GCSE PE students or elite squad members, which are a class of gifted and talented PE students.
They have been training after school for the trip for the past four to six weeks.
The boys are all being asked to raise at least £60 through sponsorship.
None of the group have done anything like this before.
Keiran Gething said: “When the opportunity came up to take part in cycling across the country it was something I jumped at.
“I’m really looking forward to it.
“I think it’s going to be a real challenge, but something that I will really enjoy.”
Mr Lloyd said: “The PE department is keen to develop enrichment opportunities for the pupils at Dene.
“This cycle ride will present not only that but a significant challenge for those taking part.
“The boys have trained hard for it though and I’m sure it will be an enjoyable and fulfilling.”
Anyone wanting to sponsor the group can call the school on (0191) 5862140.