Children’s marathon ride hailed by Health Mentor

Children from Nessfield Primary School braved pouring rain to cycle five marathons between them – inspired by the heroic efforts of their Evolve Senior Health Mentor.
Each year-group at the school in Keighley, West Yorkshire, cycled 130 miles between them to raise money for Tagtiv8 kits – a form of tag rugby for learning maths, English and spelling.

Over 400 children took part, cycling two miles each in teeming rain around the playground. Although the money raised is yet to be counted, it is predicted to total well over £1,000.
The children were inspired by Brian Padden, who works for Evolve’s Project HE:RO (Health Engagement: Real Outcomes). He completed a gruelling three-day ride around the Yorkshire Dales last weekend for Cancer Research and inspired children at the school to emulate his feat.
Brian commented: “It was a massive success. It was absolutely bouncing with rain and we all got completely drenched, but all the children have been asking when we can do it again.
“One child alone has collected £117, so hopefully the final total will be well into four figures.”
Head teacher Nicola Thornber added: “The heavens opened at lunchtime, but the feeling was so positive. It was great to see children out on their bikes, inspired by Brian’s fabulous efforts at the weekend. He is a great inspiration to the children.”
The 48-year-old’s epic ride began on Friday, with the children cheering him out of the playground on his initial 50-mile route to Hawes in Wensleydale. The following day saw him complete 66 miles to Grassington in Wharfedale, then Sunday featured a “gentle” 25 miles back to Nessfield.
“Overall, it was the toughest thing I’ve ever done,” he concluded.
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