Primary school teacher cycling full length of Great Britain

Deputy headteacher at Netley is looking to raise £2,000 for Chance for Childhood

Thursday, 15th August 2019 — By Helen Chapman


Mr Morris takes a break from his long journey in the Scottish Highlands

A TEACHER hopes to inspire children to “explore the world” by cycling from the full length of Great Britain.

Gareth Morris, 38, who is deputy head at Netley Primary School and Centre for Autism, set off on his three-week adventure from John O’Groats to Land’s End at the end of July.

He said: “It’s important for children to see that anyone can attempt a challenge like this, especially one of their teachers. There is a whole world out there to explore – to see the hills, mountains, rivers and people. You just have to have an idea and then go for it – plan it, aim high and just do it.”

Mr Morris got the train from Euston to John O’Groats, on the northern tip of Scotland, then headed down past Loch Ness and through the Lake District. On Tuesday he was in the Forest of Bowland, in the north-west of England. His route will cover around 1,000 miles over three weeks.

The teacher set off from John O’Groats last month

He will ride through Devon and Cornwall to his destination at the famous Land’s End signpost.

Mr Morris, who has been teaching at Netley since 2012, said: “This has been a dream cycle ride for many years. Sometimes you just have to get on your bike and go. I’ve not had any time to train, so cycling to and from work, and around Camden, will hopefully be enough to get me through this journey.”

He is aiming to raise £2,000 for Chance for Childhood, a charity working in Africa to support vulnerable children.

To donate go to 593e0d00 or follow his journey on Twitter @NetleyPrimary

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