James' Challenging Cycle Ride to Raise Money for Charity

James Morgan (Year 7, Cowbridge Comprehensive School) 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”. James cycled 205 km (128 miles) from Taunton to Miskin, in aid of the local charity “2 Wish Upon a Star” (who are based in Miskin Manor).


On Friday 2 June (day 1), James rode from Queens College, Taunton to Portishead (92.1km), along a route which included Shapwick Hill, Wedmore Hill and finally up through Cheddar Gorge and descending through Burrington Coombe.

Using data supplied by Strava (the GPS tracking app) Cheddar Gorge is a 4.1km climb, with an average gradient of 4.2%, climbing a total elevation of 173m; of the 17,471 Strava athletes who have recorded a ride up through Cheddar Gorge, James is ranked 12,938. At the age of 12 he is faster up the Gorge than 4,533 other adult riders.

On Saturday 3June (day 2), 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. 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 in need:


Well done James!

James at the start in Queens College, Taunton (centre yellow helmet).

James climbing Cheddar Gorge.