STUDENTS at Icknield Community College in Watlington raised more thna £1,000 by cycling continuously for 24
STUDENTS at Icknield Community College in Watlington raised more thna £1,000 by cycling continuously for 24 hours.
The 16 youngsters used static bikes in the college’s sports hall, starting at 1.30pm on Friday, and had clocked up a total 2,063 miles by the finish.
They were sponsored by fellow students, staff and businesses in the town and the proceeds will be split between homelessness charity Oxford Homeless Pathways and the school’s fund for improving facilities and PE equipment for students.
The year 11 students split themselves into four teams of four and each team cycled for 30 minutes before resting for an hour-and-a-half.
Organiser Jacob Preston, 16, said: “It was amazing. We got to midnight and we’d passed 1,000 miles so we thought we’d carry on and get 2,000.
“It took a lot of mental strength and it was hard when you had to get up for your slot. We’re all sports captains which really bonded us as a team.”
Marc Leaney, also 16, who has never ridden a normal bicycle, said: “I’m not really sure how to describe it — it wasn’t really what I was expecting.” The school’s business manager Luisa Howden said: “They organised it all themselves.
“They are leaving in May and wanted to give something back to the school as a thank-you.
“Their achievement is absolutely phenomenal. They were all a bit achy afterwards but everybody was here and ready for school as normal on Monday.”