Pedalling and falling into a peat bog - all for you, Pudsey!

January 04 2022

A SISTER and brother from Longwell Green both set themselves physical challenges to raise funds for Children in Need.
Rowena Combe, eight, completed a 26-mile cycle ride, the longest route she had ever ridden.
The Longwell Green primary school pupil rode to Midford via the Bristol to Bath railway path and the Two Tunnels Greenway, returning along the Kennet and Avon canal path.
In honour of the day, she sported Pudsey Bear ears on top of her cycle helmet. Despite it being late October, she decided to stop for an unseasonal ice-cream on the way home.
Brother Alistair, 11, who attends Sir Bernard Lovell Academy, completed the southern Pen y Fan circular walk. The 10-mile hike took in four summits in the Brecon Beacons: Fan y Big, Cribyn, Pen y Fan and Corn Du.
During the 700m ascent he was lucky enough to enjoy great weather, although he did have the misfortune of accidentally falling into a peat bog.
This isn’t the first time the pair have risen to the Children in Need fundraising challenge. For the past three years, they’ve set themselves a challenge to raise money for the charity.
Their proud mum Martine, who accompanied both children on their challenges, said they’d chosen the challenges themselves as something that would really stretch them. They both did incredibly well. I’m proud of their resilience as well as the fact that they decided to challenge themselves rather than sit on the sofa playing video games.
“We are an active family so they are used to pacing themselves and keeping going even when things are tough.”
Between them they raised £360 for the charity.