Earlier this month, six year old Reuben Waddell, a primary two pupil from Stracathro Primary School completed a Marathon Cycle - literally! He cycled a distance of over 26.2 miles, during his six hour cycling challenge.
He drew his inspiration from coverage of the Olympics earlier this summer while watching Bradley Wiggins cycle to gold on television. Since then, he has been practising with his dad, building up to the distance at every opportunity.
Because of the multitude of the task his parents decided to approach the school and suggest that he did it as a sponsored cycle to try and raise funds for the school’s Parent and Pupil Council. They help to fund educational outings for the children during the school term, such as trips to science centres and theatres and extra curricular activities.
On October 4, a sunny but brisk day, Reuben set off on his challenge bright and early. He received support from well wishers along the way as he completed the Inchbare - Edzell - Inchbare ‘loop’ five times in a little under six hours. He was further encouraged by the knowledge that he was to receive a free lunch compliments of the Edzell Tweed Warehouse after some 19 miles of cycling. He munched this down prior to going on to complete the full distance of the challenge.
The sponsored cycle has raised an amazing £1,539 for the fund. His parents are immensely proud of his achievement.
They said : “Our motto at Stracathro is ‘Small but Mighty’, and because we are a small school there are fewer of us to do substantial fund-raising, this ‘mighty’ amount raised will make a huge difference to what we can offer the pupils.”
Reuben, who turned six less than a month before his cycle challenge, is pleased he has raised so much money. He said: “Because we are only a little school, we’ll make sure we spend the money carefully.”