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24 Hour Charity Cycle at Merchiston Castle School


All Fifth Form (S4) boys at Merchiston Castle School completed their 24 Hour Charity Cycle on Tuesday. The boys’ target was to cycle to the Philippines, as a tribute to their Housemaster, Philip Rossiter, ‘get Phil to the Philippines’ is the motivational tag line for their sponsored cycle. They started in Edinburgh and travelled to Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, covering a total of 4,788 km.

Every member of the boarding house, aged 15-16, took part in the Charity Cycle, cycling for a minimum of six half hour slots on one of eight spin bikes in the marquee. Other members of the Schol community took part throughout the night, including the School’s Chaplain, members of staff and parents.

David Blair, Assistant Housemaster of the Boarding House, and Assistant Director of Rugby at Merchiston, comments: “The boys have put in an unbelievable shift over the last 24 hours and I have been very proud of the way they have worked together and encouraged each other through the night and into the early hours of the morning.”

The boys are raising money for Joshua Nolan Foundation and Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre, Lothian. Fundraising for this event is on-going, and the team hopes to mimic last year’s staggering £3,000.

Published: July 13 2017

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