During April, Sonning Common School have an annual On Your Bike event for all ages, young and old, to raise money for the school and for Sue Ryder at Nettlebed. Each year my friends and I sign up for this great bike ride and this year I was one of over 700 people who took part in the ride! You can choose all different distances to ride, from 5 miles, 12 miles to 20 miles! This year I went for the 20 mile ride!
We started at the school and headed out around the village and then into Peppard. Next we cycled out to Stoke Row and then onto Nuffield. The route is clearly marked with marshals so that you can ride safely and don’t get lost! Also, they had drink stations along the way. After a few refuelling stops on route, we carried on back around to Checkendon and whizzed along through the South Oxfordshire country lanes and made our way through Gallowstree Common and finally back to the start.
It took me and my friends about 3 hours and I was really surprised how much fun we had along the way. It was nice riding along lanes that you might not go down as often in a car. You also get to see so many great things and the area that I live in looks so different on a new route. I was a little saddle sore that night, but by the next day, I could have done it all over again!
Emma Renwick (Age 12)