Grantham trio trace Great Wall of China in epic cycle ride

Rory Koper, Matt Scott and Reuben Tong on the Great Wall of China during their charity ride.
Rory Koper, Matt Scott and Reuben Tong on the Great Wall of China during their charity ride.
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Three cyclists have raised £12,000 for two charities after cycling 350 miles along the Great Wall of China.

King’s School boys Rory Koper and Reuben Tong, both aged 17, and friend Matt Scott, 20, took up the challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care and aim to raise a total of £15,000 for the charity.

They are raising the money in memory of Rory’s father who died of pancreatic cancer in 2009 when Rory was 11.

The trio set off on their ride from Beijing on a six-day journey as part of a group of 20 cyclists raising money for various charities. They followed the Great Wall for three days out of the six.

Rory said the cycling was mainly uphill. The riders had to climb a total of 5,200m on the trip. They would set off in the morning at 8am and usually not reach their next hotel until 6pm. Rory said the worst day was when it rained non-stop.

Rory said: “The best thing about the trip was meeting the rest of the people in the group. We made some good friends and we will be keeping in touch. I would love to go back. I am really glad we took part in it. We would like to thank eveyone who has supported us throughout the year.”

While in China Rory, Matt and Reuben had the chance to see some of Beijing, including the Forbidden City.

If you would like to make a donation go to www.justgiving.com/chinacycle14/