Gym’ll fix it for young fundraisers

Iron men Kieran Monaghan, 14, and 15-year-old Daniel Pattinson, take part in a 12 hour marathon gym session.
Iron men Kieran Monaghan, 14, and 15-year-old Daniel Pattinson, take part in a 12 hour marathon gym session.

STUDENTS showed their mettle as they slogged it out in the gym for 12 hours to raise funds for two school projects.

Almost 40 students at Bede Academy in Blyth, tackled a sponsored 7pm-to-7am exercise marathon challenge.

The money will help pay for two trips, a bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition and a voyage on a tall ship later this year.

A total of 37 boys and girls spent hours on running machines, rowing machines and static bikes in an exhausting feat of endurance.

Student Kieran Monaghan, 14, said: “I think it is possibly the toughest thing I have ever done, but there was an incredible team spirit among competitors and that made it a lot easier to complete.”

Simon McAree, head of sport at the academy, added: “Students showed amazing levels of commitment and endurance in what was a very tough challenge.

“They were very tired at the end but in great spirits, which reflects the nature of most of our pupils.”