Seaford Completes Round the Island Challenge

The group who conquered the Round the Island ChallengeNot satisfied with running two marathons and several half-marathons, Seaford College teacher Matthew Pitteway, accompanied by thirteen others, set off on the 20th June to complete the 100km circuit of the Isle of Wight by bike.

The circuit of the Isle of Wight is part of the ongoing fundraising efforts for Whizz-Kidz, a charity that provides support to improve the lives of children both at home and at school. Matthew’s marathons were in aid of Whizz-Kidz, and his fundraising efforts have been supported by his boarding house, Walled Garden West, who sold roses on Valentine’s Day in aid of the charity.

Matthew Pitteway and fellow teacher Edward Bowden cycled to Portsmouth, leaving at 6am and arriving at 8.30am. They had a light wind to help keep them cool: especially useful when climbing the South Downs.

They met the other members of the group – four students, one father, eight staff members and an elder brother – in Portsmouth, where they caught the Fastcat service to Ryde.On their bikes! The group gets ready to go.

The route around the island is clearly marked and mostly sticks to back roads. For a coastal route there were a huge number of hills to climb – not least Blackgang Chine on the south of the island. This huge climb rises nearly 400 meters from sea level and took the group a good 20 minutes to conquer. The views from the top made it all worthwhile.

Matthew Pitteway said: “With plenty of breaks to take on water and a great group of people to cycle with, this was a fantastically enjoyable day and one I hope to repeat in future years.”

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