Your article: Pocklington School bike challenge

Andrew Clark (left) and Matthew Partis (right) with Andrew D'Arcy
Andrew Clark (left) and Matthew Partis (right) with Andrew D'Arcy

Pocklington School’s Premises Manager, Matthew Partis and Health and Saftey Advisor, Andrew Clark have embarked on a 500 mile cycle ride from Pocklington to London and back to Pocklington to raise money for the school’s chosen charities for this year - Riding for the Disabled, African Impact and Blesma (British Limbless Ex Service Men’s Association).

Kindly supported by last minute back up driver Andrew D’Arcy the bike ride was carried out continuously, each rider doing a thirty-mile stint while the resting rider travelled in a support vehicle.

The route for the ride took them to St John’s College Cambridge and then on to St Paul’s Cathedral in London before riding through the night and well into the following day to bring them back to Pocklington at around 5pm.

Despite an unintended detour that made the journey 584 miles instead of the planned 500, Matt and Andrew completed the whole distance in 36 hours, which is no mean feat.

The only stops (apart from changeovers) were for a bite to eat at St John’s College and photo opportunity in the Chapel with the statue of William Wilberforce and a late night stop for a photo opportunity in St Paul’s Cathedral close to where the School’s founder John Dowman was buried in 1526.

Any donations for this epic charity bike ride in our Quincentenary year would be greatly appreciated and can be sent directly to the charities through