Schoolgirls get on their bikes for Sport Relief

Published on: 31 Mar 2014

TWO schoolgirls have used pedal power to help a charity which is close to their hearts.

TWO schoolgirls have used pedal power to help a charity which is close to their hearts.

Hannah Pitman, 12, and Sophie Woodcock, 10, cycled from their homes in Downend to Bath in aid of Sports Relief, raising more than £300.

Hannah, who attends Downend School, and Sophie, who is a pupil at Christ Church Juniors, came up with the idea of a sponsored bike ride off their own bat.

They had originally planned to cover 14 miles of the journey but the plucky youngsters battled on to complete an impressive 22 miles.

They were inspired to help the charity after seeing a Sports Relief stand in Sainsbury’s Emersons Green. They also got the sports bug after watching the recent Winter Olympics.

Hannah’s mum, Jane, said: “They came up with the idea themselves and told me they were going to do a cycle ride for Sports Relief.

“We were a bit sceptical as they didn’t ever use their bikes but they started going out on them every day after school to train.

“They were going to do the ride on the weekend of Sports Relief but as the forecast was so good earlier in the month they decided to do it then and were joined by Sophie’s dad, Mark. We were planning to pick them up at Bitton as we thought they’d be worn out but they ended up cycling back and doing 22 miles rather than the 14 they’d planned.

“They were absolutely brilliant and did so well. We are so proud of them. We’d like to say a big thank you to family and friends for sponsoring the girls.”

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