A LORD Wandsworth College student has cycled the length of Wales in support of the Encephalitis Society.
Hamish Kuperus, 15, rode more than 200 miles in two days from Holyhead in North Wales to Pembroke Dock in South Wales, raising more than £1,000 for the brain charity.
The young cyclist managed to cover 135 miles on the first day and 65 miles on the second, spending 12 hours and 50 minutes in the saddle. He climbed more than 15,000ft, which is more than three times the height of Scottish peak Ben Nevis (4,409ft).
Hamish planned and organised the trip all by himself, and recruited the help of his mum to support him on the way.
Encephalitis is a rare brain disease which can affect anyone at any time. It was contracted by a family friend and Hamish saw at first hand how terrible the effects were, not only for the sufferer, but also the sufferer’s family.
He said: “The experience of the trip taught me a lot about myself and how hard I could push myself physically and mentally. On the first day the sun got the better of me, but this just gave me the willpower to finish the challenge the day after.
“It proved to me how I could get myself back on the bike from rock bottom and continue to pedal. It has helped me understand my body and mind a lot more, and believe anything is possible if you put your mind to it and give 110 per cent.”
Adam Williams, headteacher of Lord Wandsworth College, said: “This was an incredibly demanding challenge and we’re all extremely proud of Hamish.
“His courage and perseverance during an intense 48 hours was, quite simply, awe inspiring, and he has inspired more pupils to plan for similarly thrilling exploits in order to make a difference to others.”