Thursday, 20 December 2018

Leigh Timmis inspires our Year 6

Leigh Timmis is a world record breaking, round the world cyclist and Year 6 had the opportunity to meet him and listen to his inspirational story. As part of a whole day arranged for us by Cycle Derby, Leigh spoke to the children about believing in themselves and dreaming big and how, if they set their mind to it, they could achieve anything they wished for.

Leigh, who had previously spent seven years on a mammoth 44,000-mile cycle across the globe, left the most western tip of Europe – Cabo da Roca in Portugal – on September 10th, intent on breaking the existing record of 24 days.

He arrived at the most Eastern tip in Ufa, Russia, close to the border of Kazakhstan, having completed the 3,956-mile (6330km) ride in an extraordinary 16 days, 10 hours and 45 minutes.

Leigh told Year 6 that it was an epic journey across ten countries through heat, through exhaustion, through everything  they could imagine. 

Leigh’s journey took him though 10 countries: Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, before arriving in Russia.

He averaged around 250 miles a day, cycling 14 hours a day.

A truly phenomenal man with a phenomenal story - thank you Leigh!