Whittlesey school digs deep for Sport Relief in 24-hour cycle challenge

STUDENTS, staff and governors cycled through the night in Whittlesey to raise about �1,000 for Sport Relief.

The fundraisers started their marathon effort in the sixth-form block of Sir Harry Smith Community College at 4pm on Friday.

The five teams kept their exercise bikes going continuously for 24 hours - with each member completing a 30-minute shift before rotating.

Whittlesey Councillor Martin Curtis, who took part, said sponsorship money was still being counted but it was estimated that the stunt had raised �1,000.

He said: “I can’t express how amazing the kids were. When the going got tough they were great.

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“We were all cycling for 24 hours and extremely tired, but there was never a cross word said. Not one person complained about getting on a bike.

“The kids brought sleeping bags and pulled chairs together so we got a little bit of sleep when we weren’t riding - but not a lot!”

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Cllr Curtis revealed that the fundraisers were even treated to a surprise dinner - as Italian restaurant Vesuvio delivered pizzas.

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