British adventurer Sarah Outen has been inspiring young people at schools across South Kesteven through the Legacy Tour, which started back in October and has just reached its conclusion.
In March last year, Rutland resident Sarah became an ambassador for Inspire+, an independent sports charity based in Grantham that supports schools with the development of PE, sport and leadership.
Since then she has been contacting schools by live satellite link, answering questions and inspiring children, teachers and families to cycle and create their own adventures.
Sarah is currently cycling across the US and due to arrive in New York in early March, having now completed 20,000 miles of the London2London via the World challenge.
She will then continue on to Cape Cod on her bike called Hercules. From there she will row home across the Atlantic, with a huge welcome expected to await her at Tower Bridge in September. It was from Tower Bridge that she began her global adventure in April 1, 2011.
Her expedition is all about inspiring people to get out there and try something they have always wanted to do. And as such, Sarah shares her experiences and stories regularly via her blog, Twitter and phonecasts, as well as conducting talks while out on the road and water.
Sarah has called into the school assemblies of 40 Inspire+ membership schools across South Kesteven through the Legacy Tour and schools have been signing a rowing oar which will be presented to Sarah on the completion of her adventure.
After each assembly the schools have been challenged to cycle as many miles as they can in 24 hours, to see which school could get closest to Sarah’s recent milestone of achieving 20,000 miles.
Schools and their communities have been truly inspired by challenge. This was demonstrated by Allington with Sedgebrook Primary School who cycled for a full 24 hours, with the children peddling all day and the parents taking it through the night. This resulted in the school achieving 509 miles.
Headteacher Leanne Barr said: “Our whole school community got behind the Legacy Tour. It was all inspired by the Sarah Outen assembly.
“We had past pupils coming back, mums pedalling, then some dads on a night shift averaging 30+miles an hour. The community spirit was fantastic and everyone was buzzing with excitement as we hit 500 miles.
“We are so grateful for the opportunity to make us feel proud of ourselves and push ourselves beyond what we ever thought we could do.”
Vincent Brittain, Inspire+ chief executive officer, said: “Through the London to London: Via the World challenge Sarah is showing an enormous amount of courage, commitment, determination and personal excellence, many of the values that, as a charity, we promote and encourage young people to have.”
Sarah was the first woman and the youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean and also the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Alaska. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society following her successful Indian Ocean crossing in 2009 and appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to rowing, conservation and charity.