High School pupils prepare for Outer Hebrides challenge

Some of the Arran High School pupils who will be undertaking the Outer Hebrides challenge later this year.

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A total of 16 Arran High School’s S1 to S3 pupils will be taking on their biggest challenge yet in June this year when they cycle the length of the Outer Hebrides from Vatersay to the Butt of Lewis.

The pupils who will be taking on the grueling challenge with four members of staff, including head teacher Barry Smith, will be covering a distance of 185 miles over six days.

Students will have responsibility to plan their trip, have basic knowledge of bike maintenance and plan their meals for the journey. Due to the physical demands of this trip the students will also be following a strict training plan which will include hills and group rides on Arran which is ideally suited for the training as it has a wide range of hills similar to the terrain that they will face.

Students will not only be cycling the Hebridean Way but they will be taking part in a number of activities before they embark on the adventure. The team has split into different committees to organise their part of their trip. Groups include bike maintenance, training, food and nutrition, accommodation, travel arrangements and fundraising.

The fundraising team will be organising activities over the next few months for the local community, from a jumble sale and a themed concert to an all you can eat cake and coffee morning among many other ideas that are planned.

A spokesperson on behalf of the group said: ‘We hope the local community and island visitors will support these events which will be advertised in the Banner and on social media. Any surplus money raised from these events will be donated to a charity in the Outer Hebrides.

In early December last year GB paralympian cyclist, Mel Nicholls, who completed a record breaking cycle from Land’s End to John o’ Groats, spoke to the pupils during a visit to Arran and provided them with inspiration and useful advice on nutrition, motivation and useful tips and tricks for their challenge.

Anyone who can provide services or advice for the students is invited to contact the school. Each part of the trip, including the planning stages, will be overseen by a teacher and pupils hope to provide frequent updates on their plans, and the trip itself on social media.

GB paralympian cyclist and endurance wheelchair racer Mel Nicholls has visited the Arran pupils to provide them with some insight into their upcoming trip.

Some of the Arran High School pupils who will be undertaking the Outer Hebrides challenge later this year. No_B02AHS01

GB paralympian cyclist and endurance wheelchair racer Mel Nicholls has visited the Arran pupils to provide them with some insight into their upcoming trip. No_B02AHS02