A tough outdoor challenge for young fundraisers

19 May 2015

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300 young athletes raced to victory in Norwood’s 18th annual JBR (Junior Bike Ride) and Run Ride Run Duathlon this Sunday.

Elstree's Aldenham Country Park was the scene of many a triumphant finish, with families staying after the ride to enjoy the scenery and the sunshine. Competitors ranged in age from just six years old to sixteen and, with cycle routes of five and ten miles, steep hills and tough grassy terrain, it was no easy challenge.

The day would not have been possible without the support of the volunteers who turned up on the day to act as route marshals, handing out refreshments and cheering on participants.

15 year-old Jesse Anthony was first across the finish line for the Run Ride Run Duathlon – retaining his winner’s title from last year’s event.

Jacob and Jonah Stanton, who were on their third Norwood Junior Bike ride, raised over £1,000.

Jonah, nine, said: "I know why they call it a challenge because a few bits were really hard but I kept going and I felt really proud of myself when I crossed the finish line after five miles. It was really cool because I got a medal and a certificate and also some chocolate!"

Jacob, 12, did the ten-mile ride. He said: "It’s always a really fun morning. This year I did it with two of my friends and they both go to different schools to me so it was great to be able to do something with them and also raise money for charity. Last year it was quite hard-going but this year felt a bit easier so I think I’ll do the Run Ride Run next time."

Norwood’s Business Development Manager for Challenges Ian Tate said: "I’d like to thank everyone who took part – it’s a tough course and you should all feel proud of your achievement. Please do let all of your friends and family know about the ride, and ask for sponsorship. The money you raise will do an enormous amount of good."

Photos by Sharon Green Photographic