Recently retired teachers Rob Peel (72-11, Biology) and Iain McDougall (86-13, Geography) have set themselves a challenge to cycle 500 miles from John o’Groats to Pocklington to mark the school’s quincentenary and raise funds for charity along the way.
Rob took up cycling on retirement 3 years ago and thought about the Land’s End to John o’Groats ride, then discovered Pocklington to John o’ Groats is more or less 500 miles according to Google which tied in nicely with the school’s 500th birthday. Iain retired last year and decided to join Rob for the challenge. They have been training for nearly a year and have an unofficial fundraising target of £5000 split between 5 charities (5s and 0s seem to be the numerical theme!).
Rob Peel explains more about the challenge which they are calling #jogpock:
On Wednesday 14 May we will be setting off from John o’Groats along the north coast of Scotland on the first leg of our 500-mile ride to Pocklington. We are spending nights at B&Bs, with former pupils, with friends and with relatives. All being well, we will arrive back on Friday 23 May.
There’s hardly a road within forty miles of Pocklington which hasn’t been ridden on during our preparation for this and we are raring to go but can you help us?
Schools are all about youth, potential and fulfilment and most of us managed to complete our education without serious health issues. However, there are some whose young lives are blighted, too often terminally, by disease before they finish their education and we have selected three charities which we know help in these situations. They are The Teenage Cancer Trust, Children with Cancer (formerly Children with Leukaemia) and The Lymphoma Association.
Please help us raise money for these charities by sponsoring us on our ride. The easiest way is to do this is online at:
Alternatively, cheques may be sent to the OP Office at school, addressed and made out to the OP Club, Pocklington School, West Green, Pocklington, York, YO42 2NJ.
However, we would also like to send money to DERG (the charity set up by Holly Mills’s parents to fund research into degenerative brain conditions) and to Nkoakirika primary school in Poli, near Arusha, where pupils and staff from Pock, including Iain, worked and stayed during last summer’s trip to Tanzania. Donations intended for these two will have to be through the OP Office rather than online.
Cash donations in clearly marked envelopes may be handed in at school reception.
We have no specific target, but figures with fives and noughts are flying around so perhaps we should aim for £5,000!
Thank you for your interest,
Rob Peel , Iain McDougall
Rob and Iain will be sending regular updates about their progress which will be communicated via Twitter so be sure to follow @PocklingtonOPs for the latest news on #jogpock!