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Chigwell teachers complete their own Tour de France for Borneo trip

PUBLISHED: 12:01 13 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:01 13 July 2016

West Hatch teachers returning to the school after the 400km bike ride to raise money for a student trip to Borneo.

West Hatch teachers returning to the school after the 400km bike ride to raise money for a student trip to Borneo.

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Five members of staff from a Chigwell school have completed a 400km cycle ride to raise money for a pupils’ trip to Borneo.

The five West Hatch teachers - Guy Blain, Anthony Sinfield, Gay Shillaker, John Cowen and Steve Windsor - with Cllr Jeane Lea (centre) after their charity bike ride.The five West Hatch teachers - Guy Blain, Anthony Sinfield, Gay Shillaker, John Cowen and Steve Windsor - with Cllr Jeane Lea (centre) after their charity bike ride.

Teachers from West Hatch High School, in High Road, biked from West Hatch in Somerset back to its Chigwell namesake across four days.

Having experienced beautiful weather in their journey across the west country’s rolling hills, they were welcomed back to Essex on Monday by torrential rain.

The quintet battled through the downpour as they were cheered in by Year 7 students, Epping Forest District Council chairman Jeane Lea and headteacher Frances Howarth.

Cllr Lea presented the cyclists with special commemorative badges to mark their efforts which raised more than £1,000 for the Camps International school trip to Borneo next year.

Head of house Steve Windsor, who came up with the idea of the West Hatch to West Hatch bike ride, said: “We’ve made it, we’ve cycled 400km from Taunton back through Somerset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertforshire and Essex, all the way back to West Hatch.

“It was an amazing three-and-a-half days, a great shared experience. It’s been fantastic.”

Reflecting on the highlights, he said: “Some really massive hills that you can’t prepare for in Essex.

“Everybody got up and down them, hitting 70kmph on one of the descents was pretty cool.”

Head of house Guy Blain, assistant headteacher Anthony Sinfield, specialist teacher Gay Shillaker and retired assistant headteacher John Cowen also completed the ride.

They were helping fund 33 pupils who are travelling to the south east Asian island next summer to help with regeneration projects.

The youngsters will live in rural communities to help improve the standard of living and protect the diverse wildlife.

To sponsor the cyclists go to crowdfunding.justgiving.com/westhatch-to-westhatch.


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