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So... the last few pictures of C2C, taken on a gorgeous morning after setting off at 7:45AM (a 6:15AM wake up call was a shock to their systems!)
The children's attitudes to the cycling has been amazing. They've been determined, resilient, and have taken on each challenge with a positive mindset. You would be so proud if you had seen them taking on some of the climbs, flying down the downhills, or having those carefree moments with their friends. They've been a pleasure to spend time with, and their behaviour/manners have been first class.
Some massive thank-yous: Caroline and Richard from Bikes4Health are absolute superstars. Your kids were lucky to benefit from their expertise, professionalism, and commitment to making it the best experience possible. A big thank you too to the Morpeth Road staff who supported on the training rides/many other ways too. A special thank you has to go to Mr Hepple for getting us to Whitehaven safely, and to the amazing Mrs Bainbridge - she was the organisational mastermind behind the whole thing. And to Mr Watson, who's humour, reassurance and gentle encouragement kept the kids going throughout the whole week. A genuine thank you for going - literally - the extra mile.
I hope there are loads of life lessons the kids take from the week; they can achieve so much, and have found out for themselves that if they don't give up, they can do things they wouldn't normally even tackle!! How many 10/11 year olds can say they rode the breadth of the country, in all weathers, in under four days!!
Finally, a thanks to the families involved. We've read out your comments to the posts each night, and have appreciated the 'pep-talks' you've given if we needed to phone you. Hopefully you got the proud parent moment/lump in the throat if you were able to see them finish. I wish you could have seen how proud they were of themselves when the tackled a steep climb, a rapid downhill section, or those innocent moments with their friends, without a care in the world. I hope their memories of the week last a long time.
That's it from the C2C 2019 adventures! ... See MoreSee Less
Photos taken on our ride between Alston and Edmundbyers. Almost 30 miles, with several short, severe climbs - a motor on the back of the bikes would have been great!!
Kids have been fab; today was easily their best day riding, and their confidence has clearly increased - they tackled several climbs easily today. Top class attitudes; all really impressed. We saw the Northumberland sign at 11AM and some of them thought we were nearly home; they do t appreciate just how big Northumberland actually is!
We're having an early night - we hope to be on the road by 7AM if we're to have any chance of getting back to Blyth for the afternoon as planned! Goodnight all! ... See MoreSee Less