King’s Lynn Academy students show pedal power for Purfleet Trust

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Students from King’s Lynn Academy’s cycling team have competed in their first-ever indoor challenge - taking on their teachers in a competitive charity clash.

The team of 14 riders, comprising of both students and teachers challenged themselves to ride as many miles as possible in a school day to raise money for the Purfleet Trust.

The challenge commenced as the first bell of the school day sounded and riders finally crossed the finish line at 2.45pm during the final assembly of the 2015 term.

Students took on a teachers team, to see who could clock-up the most miles.

The event, originally proposed by year 11 student Nick Peters, raised money to support the work carried out by the Purfleet Trust Charity, in their support of homeless people in Lynn and West Norfolk.

David Endersby, who organised the event, said: “The team would like to thank the students and staff of KLA who gave generously.

“We would also like to thank Alison Tilley, British Cycling Coach, for the support and guidance offered during the training and planning of the event.”

A total of £158 was raised and the donation accompanies other fundraising by KLA for the Purfleet Trust, such as the successful brown bag appeal which concluded in December.

In the build up to the challenge, British Cycling Coach Alison Tilley delivered three indoor training sessions funded by Sport England, in order to boost the rider’s chances of covering the maximum number of miles on the day.

Riders covered a distance of 899 miles in total.

Training for this event started back in September 2015 and the team now regularly rides between 40 and 50 miles on a weekly basis as a cycling club.

Students are already planning their next event which could potentially involve other West-Norfolk Schools taking part.