Cowbridge pupil takes on marathon cycle ride to help local ‘Wish’ charity

By Philip Irwin in Local People

A year-7 pupil at Cowbridge Comprehensive School has completed a marathon cycle ride for charity.

James Morgan is a keen cyclist and a member of the local cycling club Pontyclun Flyers.

Last Friday and Saturday, James was the youngest participant in a field of 180 riders on the fundraising ride ‘Wickets & Wheels’.

He cycled 205 km (128 miles) from Taunton to Miskin, in aid of the local charity ‘2 Wish Upon A Star’ (which is based in Miskin Manor).

On Friday, June 2, James rode from Queens College, Taunton to Portishead (92.1km) along a route which included Shapwick Hill, Wedmore Hill and Cheddar Gorge.

Using data supplied by Strava (the GPS tracking app) Cheddar Gorge is a 4.1km climb, with an average gradient of 4.2 per cent.

Of the 17,471 Strava athletes who have recorded a ride up through Cheddar Gorge, James is ranked No 12,938. At the age of 12, he is faster up the gorge than 4,533 other adult riders.

On Saturday, June 3 (day two) James then rode a further 112.9km from Portishead to Miskin, crossing the original Severn Bridge en-route. Due to the Champions League Final in Cardiff, the route had been diverted north of the city via Caerphilly, and had to negotiate Power Station Hill, Ton Teg, before arriving in Miskin Manor to a rousing reception and a welcoming party.

James has trained diligently on a weekly basis since November, and to date James and his dad (Julian) have raised £540 for 2 Wish Upon A Star.

All donations, no matter how small will be gratefully received to help suddenly bereaved parents and families:

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