In beautiful spring sunshine, Oakham’s Lower School boys from Peterborough (PH) and Sargants Houses joined forces to cycle around Rutland Water to raise money for charity.
Over 130 people took part in the sponsored event, which included day boys and boarders, together with their parents and siblings, as well as members of staff. Everyone who took part in the ride successfully navigated the 27-kilometre circuit, which was a tremendous achievement. Some boys even managed to complete the additional challenge they had set themselves to cycle a second lap around Rutland Water and also the Hambleton Peninsula; at a total distance of 56 kilometres, this was a superb feat of endurance!
Housemaster of Sargants, Ashley Denman said: “It was great to see so many people taking part in the ride. The weather was perfect for the occasion, which helped to create such a relaxed and happy atmosphere; it was a fantastic day out for the whole family.”
Housemaster of PH, Malcolm Fairweather, commented: “This was the first year that the boys from PH have taken part in this event. After the success of our joint cake sale in March, we were delighted to collaborate once again with Sargants to raise money to help two very worthy causes.”
Famous rivals in interhouse competitions, the sponsored cycle ride was an opportunity for the two Houses to work together with boarders and day boys challenging themselves physically and supporting each other to complete the route. Ashley continues: “I think to be fully involved in a physically challenging charity event, giving time and energy to push yourself to complete it – motivated by the cause you are supporting – is an extremely rewarding process. There’s no competition in charity.”
The boys in Sargants are raising money for LIV Village, a South African charity that has built a vibrant community to care for its country’s orphans. For more information visit www.liv-village.com/
PH’s chosen charity is Rainbows Children’s Hospice in Loughborough. For more information visit https://www.rainbows.co.uk/
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