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Teenagers complete ‘end to end’ charity ride

Posted on Thursday 12th September 2019 at 8:07 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of (l-r) Ryan Edwards, Scott Warburton and Alessandro Bufalino at John O'Groats.

Three Year 13 students from Bradley Stoke have completed the “challenge of a lifetime” by completing a 1,000-mile charity cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats (known to enthusiasts as LEJoG) in just 16 days.

Scott Warburton (aged 18), Ryan Edwards (18) and Alessandro Bufalino (17) made the epic journey in July, a few weeks after finishing their final Post-16 exams at Bradley Stoke Community School.

And as if the end-to-end challenge wasn’t enough in itself, the trio chose to eschew the use of high-spec road bikes and complete the ride on folding bikes, thereby making their achievement “as unique as possible”.

Scott and Ryan had some prior experience of long distance bike rides, through cycling the 300 miles from Land’s End to Bradley Stoke back in 2017, raising £1,153 for Cancer Research UK. They chose to raise money for a cancer charity because immediate members of both their families have been affected by the disease.

This time, joined by Alessandro, they decided to fundraise for both St Peter’s Hospice and Cancer Research UK. To date, they have raised an incredible £2,537.50 (including gift aid), meaning that £1,268.75 is going to each charity.

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Warning issued as Bradley Stoke bike thefts soar

Posted on Friday 17th November 2017 at 9:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of bicycles parked near the entrance to Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

Local police are advising cyclists to review their security precautions after ten bikes were reported stolen from public locations within Bradley Stoke over the last nine weeks.

Incidents within just the last two weeks have included four bikes being taken from Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre (one on 3rd November and three on 13th November) and another being taken from the Willow Brook Centre (on 6th November).

The latest figures are significantly higher than those from a year ago, when just one bike theft was recorded in Bradley Stoke over the three month period commencing 1st September 2016.

N.B. All figures quoted relate to incidents that have been reported to the police. The actual number of thefts may be higher due to non-reporting.

A police spokesperson said:

“If you see anyone acting suspiciously around parked bikes, give us a call straight away. If they’re obviously committing a crime, ring 999. Otherwise, call 101.”

“Permanently marking your bike and any hi-spec parts with your postcode could deter a thief as it means they can be identified as stolen. A good quality lock, securing the bike to an immovable object, can also make them think twice. We’d recommend checking out www.soldsecure.com for locks which have been tested and graded by locksmiths. Be prepared to spend around 10 percent of the value of your bike.”

More advice: Keeping your bike secure (Avon and Somerset Police)

Photo: Bicycle parking at the front of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre

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Students complete Land’s End charity ride

Posted on Monday 23rd October 2017 at 10:15 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Ryan Edwards and Scott Warburton at Land's End.

Two 16-year-old students from Bradley Stoke have completed a gruelling cycle ride to Land’s End in order to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Scott Warburton and Ryan Edwards say they encountered some “truly awful” weather during the 300-mile trip, on which they carried all their gear and stayed in youth hostels.

Immediate members of both students’ families have been affected by cancer, which motivated them to embark on the challenge in order to raise money that might help “beat cancer sooner”.

They trained for the trip by cycling to Bath and back, and say they did a lot of research and route planning, considering everything from maps to food.

Their four-day adventure took them across Exmoor and then on to Land’s End via Boscastle, Truro and St Austell.

They encountered heavy rain and strong gusts of wind at some points, especially near the coast at Boscastle, when they had to cycle through the night in order to keep to their schedule.

High points of the trip, aside from arriving at Land’s End and having their photo taken at the famous sign, included exploring Botallack Mine and taking the coastal path from Land’s End to Sennen Cove. Along the way, the students say they enjoyed the sense of independence and speaking to other guests at the youth hostels and hearing their stories.

After returning to Bristol by train, Scott and Ryan had just one day to recover before starting their Post-16 studies at BSCS!

More: "A tremendous test and a truly remarkable trip" »

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Family bike ride and quiz on Easter Sunday

Posted on Friday 14th April 2017 at 9:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Easter Bunny Bike Ride in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

If you are stuck with ideas of what to do with the kids on Easter Sunday then come and join the Stokes Cycling Club family Easter ride for a few hours of fun. The event is completely FREE.

Bradley Stoke Easter Bunny Ride 2017.

There will be a choice of a 3 or 6-mile ride to which everyone is welcome. This is aimed at families, including children of all ages, whether in trailers, tag-alongs, or on their own bikes.

There will be a fun quiz with three winners receiving a rather tasty Easter egg, sponsored by Wards Solicitors, who have kindly supported us again this year. Even if you don’t win, everyone who enters will be given a little treat for taking part.

Please come along on Easter Sunday, 16th April, between 10am and 12pm to register.

For more information, please contact stokescyclingclub@googlemail.com or visit the Stokes Cycling Club page on Facebook.

Photo: Scene outside Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre at a previous Easter Bunny Bike Ride organised by the Stokes Cycling Club.

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