A former PE teacher at Worthing’s Oak Grove College has just cycled more than 1,000 miles from Lands’ End to John O’Groats and raised more than £2,000 so far towards a new minibus for the secondary school for students with special educational needs.

Claire Moyle retired from the college at the end of the summer term after 17 years and spent her holiday in training for her long planned adventure. During the epic ride, which she completed with a friend, Linda, she compiled a daily blog on her fundraising page and sent postcards back to different classes at the college so that students could follow her progress – at the same time as adding extra interest to their lessons. Her diary detailed the changing landscapes she had travelled through, the birds and wildlife spotted on the way, plus historic landmarks.

The journey began on Saturday 26 August with a trip of 56 miles and 3600ft of climbing – taking in beautiful coastlines and amazing views. She has battled through winds, pouring rain and the hottest September weather in recent records. Her journey has taken her through the West Country, into Wales, bordering the Pennines and right through Scotland, including a stop-over to admire the historic sights in Edinburgh and the morning mist lifting over the Forth Bridge. In all the journey has taken 19 days, with rides covering between 34 and 75 miles each day.

At the end of the ride, on Wednesday 13 September, she reported: “I am finding it hard to describe how I am feeling right now but I have cycled 1,060 miles and made it to John O’Groats. What a way to start my retirement!! I have so many wonderful memories from the views, scenery, people I have met along the way. So many stories to dine out on, so many laughs. Thank you to all who have donated and supported along the way.”

Oak Grove’s headteacher Phillip Potter said that students and Claire’s former colleagues were immensely proud of her achievements. “Claire has started her retirement in the same way as she did when she was a PE teacher: putting the interests of the young people at the heart of all she does and encouraging them to lead active lives in the wider world. We are so grateful for all she has done.” Claire told Phillip Potter “My aim all along was to help Oak Grove fund a desperately needed new bus so that our special needs students can have new experiences”

The ride may have finished but there is still an opportunity to support Claire in her fundraising goals – and to read her story in full – by clicking onto her fundraising page


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