Young athletes raise thousands for Norwood

13 June 2014

350 young athletes were cheered on to victory as they crossed the finish line at Norwood's 2014 Junior Bike Ride and Duathlon. The sponsored event raised thousands for Norwood's vital services.

Runners and riders followed in the tracks of their sporting heroes, speeding around the course at Elstree's Aldenham Country Park, despite temperatures reaching as high as 26 degrees!

There were three challenges to choose from: a five mile bike ride, a ten mile bike ride and a Duathlon, made up of a 1.5 mile run, a 5 mile bike ride and then a final 1.5 mile run. Competitors ranged in age from just five years old to sixteen.

The day was a great success, with crowds of families enjoying Sunday's sunny weather and the beautifully landscaped grounds of the country park. Sponsors Giant Radlett were on hand to provide last minute bike repairs and volunteer marshals kept competitors safe along the route.

Norwood’s Head of Challenges Ian Tate said: "It's a tough event at the best of times but because of all the recent rain there were some very heavy, muddy areas which made the ride even more challenging. Everyone who took part should be feeling very proud of themselves."

"We now need all the participants to let all their friends and family know about the great challenge they have completed and ask for sponsorship. The money raised will do an enormous amount of good."

Alex Davidson, aged 14, who attends Emmanuel College said: "It feels really good to exercise out in the open while raising money for charity."

Raphael Mizrahi aged 13, who attends Arnold House School said: "It was an amazing day with great weather, and the organisation was great as well."