Children in Need Bike Ride 2012

Students from the Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union and the University of Exeter Students’ Guild, in The Forum at the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus, after completing the 100-mile bike ride between Penryn and Exeter for Children in Need 2012.

Students undertake superhuman bike ride from Exeter to Falmouth for Children in Need

Students from the University of Exeter (UoE) and Falmouth University (Falmouth) have undertaken a 100-mile bike ride to raise money for the BBC’s Children in Need appeal.

The student cyclists left the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus at 8am on Friday 15 November with the aim of completing their journey in 12 hours, arriving at the award-winning National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth’s Events Square during the BBC’s live TV broadcast for Children in Need.
The bike ride was organised by FXU (Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union) and the University of Exeter Students’ Guild.
“Our bike ride will be the finale to a week of fundraising activities at the Penryn Campus and we will be presenting the BBC with a cheque for the total sum raised during their live broadcast,” explained Oliver Maskrey, the FXU’s Vice President – Participation speaking before the challenge began. “This year’s theme for Children in Need is Be a Hero and encourages people to undertake superhuman challenges for this fantastic charity.  Our superhuman bike ride certainly fits the bill and we are looking forward to welcoming the students who have taken part to BBC South West’s fundraising event tonight.”

The students’ fundraising activities undertaken for Children in Need included: a cake sale; Battleships event, a place the penny race , a tug of war, a superhero film night,  superhero fancy dress and cycling the distance between Falmouth and Exeter on exercise bikes in The Stannary at the Penryn Campus.

The Students’ Union, FXU, represents UoE and Falmouth students at the Penryn Campus, which is shared and jointly managed by both institutions, as well as students at the Falmouth Campus. FXU also provides a range of support and recreational opportunities for students. They have close links with voluntary and sporting organisations across Cornwall and are keen to develop more working relationships with local partners to enable students to participate in activities and make a positive contribution to the wider community.

The University of Exeter Students’ Guild represents students from the University of Exeter across all campuses.

Further information about the students’ superhuman bike ride for Children in Need and other FXU activities can be found at or by following @fxutweet on Twitter.

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The Fitness Centre at the Penryn Campus has also shown its support to Children in Need this year by offering its training facilities to Geoff and Peter Birkett, who were selected to participate in the BBC One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge.

Date: 19 November 2013

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