Year 9 student, Annabelle Gleave, recently joined more than 380 cyclists at Newton Abbot Racecourse to take part in charity cycle event, ‘Ride for Rowcroft’.
The event saw cyclists from all over the area braving the effects of Storm Callum, completing the twenty four kilometre circular ‘Classic Course’ route through Bovey Tracey and beyond.
Inspired to take part by her mother, also a keen cyclist who joined her in the event, Annabelle fundraised £45 with the help of donations from friends, family members and College staff. Her successful completion of the course came after six weeks of training prior to the event.
“I was quite scared about the ride on the morning of the event, but I really got into it. The hills were really tough and there were times when I wanted to give up, but I didn’t. It costs £1,000 a day to care for someone who is being looked after by Rowcroft. It really opened my eyes to what they do and helps you realise that you might need that kind of help in the future.”
Annabelle’s College Tutor, Sarah Wilkinson, said of the achievement: “I am incredibly proud of Annabelle. Facing such awful weather conditions on the day must have been tough, but she didn’t give up, which is a real testament to her dedication and perseverance. Well done from everyone at Newton Abbot College, Annabelle; we are so pleased for you.”