Students and staff from Manchester Academy were out in force this morning to support two cyclists as they attempted to complete a mammoth bike ride in aid of Sport Relief.
They teamed up to support United Learning’s RideABC challenge today, along with Stockport Academy, William Hulme’s Grammar School and Salford City Academy.
The day linked directly to the gruelling week-long task set by the group’s Head of Sport Shaun Dowling and Educational Technologist Bruce Wilson, who have cycled 600 miles to raise a target of £40,000 for Sport Relief and United Learning’s SITUPS project. The pair visited 25 United Learning schools on the way, travelling from Ashford to Bournemouth to Carlisle.
Shaun and Bruce arrived at Manchester Academy this morning, where they were joined by Head of PE Steve Smith and Rachel Clayden, Head of PE at William Hulme’s Grammar School, who joined them on the next leg of their bike ride to Lytham, a distance of 140 miles. Steve Smith also continued cycling from Lytham to Southport to complete a further 42 miles for Sports Relief.
Lending their encouragement, the four Greater Manchester schools held a wide range of related fundraising activities. A total of 600 students from Manchester Academy and William Hulme’s Grammar School each ran a mile during lessons, whilst teacher Mr Marsh ran a marathon on a treadmill in the school canteen.
After all students completed the relay marathon this morning, Mr Sealy, PE teacher at Manchester Academy, said: “It was a fantastic team effort, and everybody put in 100% commitment for a brilliant cause.”
At Stockport Academy, every student took part in the ‘Sport Relief Mile’ run. Finally, also today, students at Salford City Academy cycled out to meet Shaun and Bruce, forming a ceremonial peloton (pack of riders) as they completed the Manchester leg of their journey.
“We are delighted to be teaming up with Sport Relief this year for RideABC, as well as raising money for United Learning’s own SITUPS charity. We have already been overwhelmed by the support United Learning schools have given this project and are thrilled that so many of our students will have the opportunity to be involved in some exciting physical challenges, all whilst raising money for two brilliant charities.”
Those interested in sponsoring Shaun and Bruce can do so by visiting their My Donate page at https://www.mydonate.bt.com/events/rideabc/
PIC CAPTIONS: Cyclists group, left to right: Rachel Clayden, Head of PE at William Hulme’s Grammar School; Head of PE at Manchester Academy Steve Smith; United Learning’s Educational Technologist Bruce Wilson and United Learning’s Head of Sport Shaun Dowling.
Sport Relief Full Group: Staff and students from Manchester Academy and William Hulme’s Grammar School, who took part in Sport Relief events on Friday March 9.