A Lepton teenager clocked up the miles in a mammoth charity bike ride to help improve lives in Africa.

Harry Midgley, 16, was raring to put pedal to the metal when he raced 170 miles in just three days from Morecombe to Bridlington to raise money to allow him to take part in development projects in Tanzania next month.

The enterprising teenager, who is a student at Shelley College, earned over £1000 in the challenge which will go towards the £3,800 needed for the once in a lifetime trip with Camps International, who work with communities in impoverished rural areas in Africa and Asia.

It is the latest impressive stunt for cycling-mad Harry, who lives in Lydgate and set off on the arduous Way of the Roses route with his dad, Chris on Thursday June 26.

Harry, who has been sponsored by several businesses to undertake the ride, said: “I’d never attempted anything as big as this before so I was really excited but a bit nervous.

“It went really well, it was a bit tiring but not too bad because I’d done a lot of training.

“The best part was the climbing, surprisingly, because it just feels really good to get to the top and is exhilarating on the way down.

“I’ve now raised £3000 so this one was my biggest fund raiser so far.”

He will be one of 29 pupils and three teachers from the school who are getting ready to embark on their four week trip to different camps in the country after spending the last 18 months raising their target amounts.

Harry Midgley with his dad, Chris, on their Way of the Roses fundraising tour
 

Earlier this year Harry organised a quirky ‘how slow can you go’ cycle ride for the Examiner Charity Challenge, which encouraged participants to see how slowly they could ride a 10metre course.

Harry said: “When we’re there we will be helping on conservation projects where we will clear up marine refuse and will also plant fast growing trees that local communities can cut down to use in their day to day lives.

“We’re also going to help build a school for a local community, which will be great because it will give me the opportunity to learn a useful new skill.

“It’s going to be such an amazing and life changing experience and I’d like to get involved with more projects like this in the future.”

To follow his progress and to donate, go to: http://helpharrygotokenya.webs.com/

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