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School worker completes his Paris cycle challenge for Ashgrove School 28/06/2012

Posted by melryanyc in Asda, Cardiff, Events, Wales.

MADE IT! Ashgrove School worker Ian Liddiatt has completed his Penarth to Paris cycle.

ASHGROVE School worker Ian Liddiatt has completed his epic Penarth to Paris cycle to raise money for specialist bikes and equipment for the school.

The Learning Support Assistant left the school gates on Tuesday, May 22 at 9.30am – and arrived at the Eiffel Tower, 300 miles later, early on the Wednesday evening.

A group of students from the school, on an educational trip to the French capital, were waiting at the Eiffel Tower on his arrival.

Speaking shortly before he left, Ian said: “It’s all for the pupils here. I want to do them proud.”

Triathlete Ian, who has worked at the specialist school which caters for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder since February 2009, was accompanied on the ride by friend and training partner Huw Evans.

Huw’s mother Gill waved them off.

“Huw did this to support his good friend and a fantastic cause,” she said.

“The pair of them have done some mammoth events before, but I think this will was the pinnacle of their physical achievements. I’m very proud of them both.”

The aim of the ride was to raise £2,000 for the newly established school bike club, and specifically for specially adapted trikes which will give students the opportunity to take part in adventurous outdoor activities and learn road safety skills, no matter what their ability.

Sue Williams set up the bike club and following a special assembly to send Ian on his way, she organised for students to try and replicate his journey on two exercise bikes in the school hall.

“We worked out that he would spend around 14 hours spent on the bike, and burn some 15,000 calories with his 72,000 pedal revolutions!” she said.

“This was a project that the students got to work on, with Ian, from start to finish – as they helped him plan his route using google maps and could track his progress via a GPS system linked to the school computers.

“He also wore a helmet camera for some of the journey so the pupils could share the excitement with him upon his arrival at the Eiffel Tower.

“He did brilliantly, especially considering the immense heat for part of the journey, a delayed ferry and Paris rush hour,” she added.

“The children can’t quite believe he actually cycled the whole way!”

Donations to reach the £2,000 are still being accepted.

To support Ian and the school bike club log on to http://www.justgiving.com/ashgrovepenarthtoparis or contact the school.

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