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Biker boys pull out all the stops to support church’s organ fund bid

Pals Will Hollands, left, and Mark Wilson, right - both 17 - successfully cycled 52.6 miles through Herts, Beds and Bucks PNL-141003-165416001

Pals Will Hollands, left, and Mark Wilson, right - both 17 - successfully cycled 52.6 miles through Herts, Beds and Bucks PNL-141003-165416001

Two teenagers saddled up and cycled the equivalent of two marathons to raise money for their church’s organ fund.

Friends Will Hollands and Mark Wilson – both 17 – cycled the 52.6 miles through Herts, Beds and Bucks, passing through towns such as Leighton Buzzard, Tring and St Albans on the way.

On perhaps what was one of the warmest days of the year so far, the sporty pair started their challenge from St John’s church on Station Road, Boxmoor, on Saturday and pedalled the 90km route in just over four hours.

The duo are both members of the church’s choir and have seen the installation of the new Nicholson organ which cost £400,000 in total to replace back in 2011.

But it’s still being paid for – the church’s Music At St John’s group has successfully raised £342,000 towards the cost, but still have to find the £58,000 that’s outstanding.

Will, who lives in Pitstone, said: “The ride was enjoyable and some rather amusing moments, including one of the bikes having a gear problem and lost screws on the other.”

After a quick rest stop to sort out the mechanical issues, the boys – who are both studying for their A Levels at Tring School – were back on the figure of eight route through three counties ended up back at the church, where they were cheered on by waiting friends and family.

The boys’ cycling challenge raised more than £700 through sponsorship from the congregation, family and friends – a sum which smashed their original target of £526.

For more information on MASJ and the organ fund, visit www.masj.org.uk.

 

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