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‘Nutty’ couple pedal their way to £800 school boost
9:00am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
A SELF-confessed ‘pair of nutters’ used pedal power to boost their children’s school funds by more than £800.
Kim McLachlan and her husband Jon, of Town Lane in Mobberley, got on their bikes last weekend and cycled 100 miles as part of the Manchester Bike 100 event.
The couple, who have two sons – Euan, aged six, and four-year-old Aiden – took on the challenge last year and rode 100 kilometres, but this year wanted to try and complete 100 miles.
Kim, 40, said: “We thought we would go one better this time and while we were out for around 10 hours, the actual cycling took us seven.
“It was hard work but very rewarding.
“From 30 miles we were in unknown territory as we didn’t really know the area, but the best site was Beeston Castle, which was about halfway.
“The hardest section was up the hill at Styal, which was just six miles from the end, but we knew we were almost finished, so it spurred us on.
“People have called us ‘nutters’ and that’s what it says on our cycling shirts!”
Jon completed the route on a single speed bike which meant he didn’t have any gears, and the couple stayed together on the route, supporting each other and cheering each other on.
All the money raised, which is more than £800, will go to The Friends of the Parent Teacher Association at Mobberley Primary School, where Euan is in class three and Aiden has just started in reception.
The funds will go towards school outings and day trips as well as coach hire and leasing specialist equipment.
Kim said: “A huge amount of effort goes into fundraising to be able to support these activities each year.
“It was a big relief to reach the finish line on Sunday but we’re already planning next year's event.
“We’d like to do a Cheshire ring, which would involve cycling 176 miles over two days.”
If you would like to support Kim and Jon’s fundraising campaign text PLEDGE to 07850 721281with your name, address and amount and someone from the school will be in touch about collecting the donation.
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