Putting on the pedal power for Sport Relief charity ride

Isabel Jones and Claire Patrick get ready for their mamoth bike ride EMN-140317-170615001
Isabel Jones and Claire Patrick get ready for their mamoth bike ride EMN-140317-170615001

Two Middle Rasen girls are getting on their bikes for a mammoth ride to raise money for this year’s Sport Relief charity appeal.

Last year, Isabel Jones and Claire Patrick ran 100 laps around Dovecote in the village in aid of Comic Relief.

But this year, they are stepping up a gear to cycle from Newark to Middle Rasen - a combined total distance between them of 100km.

The distance is no mean feat for an adult let alone two girls aged just 9 and 10 years of age.

“Last year we ran a marathon between us and raised more than £300,” said nine-year-old Claire.

“The money went to purchasing mosquito nets for children in Africa.”

“So this year we had to do something better,” added 10-year-old Isabel.

“And as I have just got a new bike for my birthday, we thought let’s cycle?”

The intrepid young fundraisers will be leaving Newark at 10am this Saturday, March 22, to head back to Middle Rasen.

And they are aiming to cycle between them their target of 100km by 5pm.

Now they are looking for sponsors to help them beat last year’s total.

Sponsorship forms are available at Middle Rasen’s Crossroad’s Stores, in St Peter’s Church and at the village school.

Alternatively, anyone wanting to make a donation can contact the Rev Charles Patrick on 01673 842249 to make a pledge towards the girls’ Sport Relief total.

What are you doing for Sport Relief?

Run, cycle, swim is the theme for this year’s Sport Relief weekend, from March 21 to 23, in a bid to encourage everyone to get active.

While Isabel and Claire are leading the way locally with their 100km ride, a mile or so is more the norm.

Legsby Primary School will be taking part in a countryside walk on Friday morning and then in a class v class bake off.

Parents will get the opportunity to buy the results at the end of the day.

Middle Rasen School will be heading off at 8.45am on Friday morning to do their Sport Relief Mile.

And Brocklesby Park School will be heading out at 9am on Friday morning for a walk on the Brocklesby Estate.

“This is a special treat for us. We’re so grateful to the Earl of Yarborough for allowing us to go onto the estate at a time when the public can’t normally visit,” said head teacher Jo Spriggs.

“That means we can be active, raise money for Sport Relief and offer the pupils an invaluable learning experience, in wonderful surroundings, all at the same time.”

So what are you up to? Send us your pictures: rasenmail@jpress.co.uk