TEN pupils of The Queen’s School are high and dry in Chester after a gruelling bike ride to London.
The youngsters, along with six members of staff, cycled 237 miles from the school, on City Walls Road, to Buckingham Palace to raise money for the Commemoration Bursary Appeal.
The Year 11 team of Ellie Falkingham, Rhiannon Jones, Harriet Jones, Catherine Castling, Isobel Pugh, Samia Kahum, Abigail Groom and triplets Mihari, Shani and Thilini De Soysa battled floods, storms, steep inclines and minor accidents during the six-day challenge, which brought tears of pain and joy.
Mishaps included Harriet having to be rescued from a canal after falling from her bike, Ellie having to repair her grandmother’s 35-year old bike en route and missing dinner at one overnight stop as they were still cycling at 8.30pm.
Highlights included cycling around the grounds of Blenheim Palace and pizzas at their final destination – the Queen Victoria memorial outside Buckingham Palace.
So far the ‘Queen’s to Queen’ group has raised more than £5,000 for the school bursary fund, halfway to their £10,000 target.
Headteacher Sarah Clark said: “I have never been prouder of the girls at this school and the staff that supported them.
“What they have done over the last week, given the appalling weather conditions, and the fact that they had just finished their exams and hadn’t been able to train as much as they would have liked, is nothing short of staggering.
“Thanks to everyone who has sponsored us so far – it really makes the difference when you’re doing something like this and I know the girls are over the moon with the response.”
To sponsor the Q2Q team, visit q2q.info or call 01244 312078.