Oakhill College students cycle Hadrian’s Wall for Christie Hospital

Team Oakhill dip their wheels in the sea for their 2012 coast to coast cycle challenge.
Team Oakhill dip their wheels in the sea for their 2012 coast to coast cycle challenge.

FOR the third year in a row over the school summer holidays, intrepid cyclists from Whalley-based Oakhill College have taken on the coast-to-coast challenge of dipping their wheels in the Irish and North seas.

This time they followed the historic course of Hadrian’s Wall. The Irish sea wheel-dipping took place at Ravenglass before the 15-strong group, under the guidance of teacher Mr Jepson, took on the challenge of five full days of cycling over 174 miles towards the North Sea wheel-dip at South Shields beach.

The route took them North along the Cumbrian coast, where they camped at Allonby and Port Carlisle during the first two days, before heading inland following the course of Hadrian’s Wall, with overnight camping stops at Haltwhistle and Prudhoe. The route proved challenging, with climbs that would make Bradley Wiggins and Team GB sweat, along with some enjoyable descents and flat coastal roads.

Their challenge was dedicated to the work of The Christie Hospital in Manchester, and to date more than £1,500 has been raised through sponsorship. If you would like to help their appeal you can donate online at: www.justgiving.com/oakhillc2c2012

Next year the plan is to cycle the Reivers coast to coast route.