From Kingwood to Paris
Finn Colin will never forget where he was on his 12th birthday. With two school friends and all of their dads, the boys arrived in Paris having cycled 218 miles in five days for charity! The friends are all pupils at Moulsford Prep School and made the journey to raise money for the Goedgedacht Trust which provides a meal each day for impoverished children in rural areas of South Africa. That particular charity was chosen because, along with about 60 other pupils and teachers from their school, the boys will be going on a rugby tour to South Africa and Swaziland in July.
Finn told me that the ride was easier than he had expected but he was hungry at the end of each day. They slept on the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Le Havre and cycled for up to six hours a day arriving at the Eiffel Tower on the last day. The ride was hard in parts due to rain and they travelled up to 50 miles a day keeping going on drinks, sweets and flapjacks. Clearly it was a big experience for such a young cyclist but Finn is keen to do another long ride, maybe from Paris to the South of France next time!
A former pupil of Peppard Primary School, Finn is a keen sportsman. Apart from rugby, he is also a member of the Henley Triathlon Club, cycling being his favourite sport.
He is no stranger to fund raising for charity. He was interviewed for Peppard News a year or so back by our Junior Editors of the time after completing a charity night walk.
Between them, the three boys have already raised £2,700 for the Goedgedacht Trust and if you would like to add your donation you can do that by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/mark-webber4.