Competitors in bike challenge take a break at Pocklington School

Pocklington School, near York, played host to 1500 hundred riders from 58 different countries at the beginning August as they took part in the 2017 London Edinburgh London cycle challenge.  Taking place every four years, this is the second time the riders have used Pocklington School as a stop off point, as they rode from London to Edinburgh and back in under five days, with just over 100 hours to get back to London.

The School’s Sports Hall was used as a huge dormitory containing 350 mattresses, blankets and ear plugs where the riders booked a time slot to rest.  Food was available in the School Dining Hall on a 24 hour basis, as were the School’s changing and shower room facilities.  The organisers also provided a free bike repair service at the School, for any riders who needed it.

Arriving at Pocklington from Louth before heading off to Thirsk on the way up to Edinburgh, the riders covered 1436km which includes 11,128m of climbing.  Passing through a wide range of scenery, including the Pennines, the Scottish Lowlands and the fens of Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, riders crossed the Humber Bridge, went past Castle Howard and rode through countless English and Scottish villages.

Mr Andrew D’Arcy, Domestic Bursar, Pocklington School commented: “We were delighted to welcome back the riders, organisers and volunteers of the 2017 London Edinburgh London cycle challenge and provide them with a place to rest and recharge.

Our catering and domestic services team do a fantastic job to make sure it all runs smoothly, working through the night for five days until the last rider has slept, showered and eaten on their way back to London.  It’s great to see so many nationalities involved and to know that we’ve played a part in helping them complete the Challenge.”

Set on a 65 acre campus near York, Pocklington School offers a range of facilities available to hire, mainly during school holidays, and has also recently hosted the successful 2017 Platform Festival organised by Pocklington Arts Centre.  It has just launched a new booklet outlining the wide variety of residential and non-residential facilities for hire at the School, which is available at www.pocklingtonschool.com/the-foundation/facility-hire

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