5 Jul, 2013
To raise money for the village pre-school, three would-be ‘Tour de France yellow jerseys’ left Norton St Philip on their bikes at about 10am on Thursday 27th June………….three and a half days and 230 miles later they arrived at Lands End.
Keen cyclists Graham Binns (one of our Lead Assessors here at ISO Quality Services Limited) and Gerald Mayne decided they would take on the challenge and were joined by Steve Smith when he heard they were raising money for Norton St Philip pre-school.
There trip started on Thursday 27th June and they reached the desired destination on Sunday 30th June averaging just under 60 miles a day with 72 miles on the third day being the longest. During there journey, they climbed a staggering total of 5,186 Meters with one section of road on the B3227 between Exbridge and Bude being a 1 in 4 hill (25%)!
Along the way they crossed the Somerset Levels, Exmoor, the Atlantic coast and numerous Devon and Cornish villages. They encountered all types of weather; sun, mist, wind, a little rain but happily there was nothing too extreme.
According to their bike mounted computer the total cycling time to complete the journey was just under 23 hours and they burnt 15,200 calories. This however was probably cancelled out by various coffee and cake stops, excellent local evening meals and one or two pints of local ale, not to mention the Lions Rugby on the Saturday morning.
For all the aching limbs and tender backsides the boys are on course to raise over £1000 – A mammoth effort to match a mammoth achievement. Well done boys from Pre-school and all in NSP
Steve is already planning the next challenge of 500 miles in 5 days, Graham is checking his health insurance and Gerald has already put his bike up for sale on e-bay……..Watch this space!!!
For more information on Norton St Philip Pre School visit http://www.nortonpreschool.co.uk/
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