During the May half term holiday two 11 year old schoolboys from Lancashire have been taking on the demands of the Trans Pennine Trail.
They set off from Southport in Lancashire to cycle to Hornsea in East Yorkshire - covering the 215 miles of the popular trail.
Sam Walton (left) and Joseph Morrow both attend Westhead Lathom St. James School near Ormskirk in Lancashire.
They decided to take on the challenge following the completion of their SATS and to mark the end of their primary education. The boys were
supported their families along the route and they hoped to be able to cover approximately 30 miles each day.
Sam has a particular affinity with the end destination in Hornsea as his mum Catherine, and her family, hail from East Yorkshire so it is a journey they often cover by car.
Sam said “we always go across the M62 to see Grandma and Grandad Sleight at Etton so when mum told me about the Trans Pennine Trail I thought it would be cool to bike there for a change.”
The boys raised money through sponsorship. They have chosen to split any money they raise between Westhead Lathom St. James School where they have enjoyed their primary school years. They are also donating to the Pearl of Africa Child Care who support seven schools and homes in Uganda which provide education, food, shelter and healthcare to orphaned and destitute children.
Joseph said “The choir from the school have visited our school in Westhead many times and we love listening to the choir and hearing about how the children live in Africa – it also makes us realise how lucky we are.”
You can follow the boys’ progress online by visiting Sam & Josephs Sponsored Bike Ride at www.facebook.com/events/254864048032195 Any sponsorship can be sent to Catherine Walton, 51 Wigan Road, Westhead, Nr Ormskirk, Lancashire, L40 6HY payable to C M Walton