TWO brothers organised a 100-mile cycling challenge at their school in memory of their much-loved dad who died of cancer last September.
Sam and Oliver Miller, along with pupils, parents and teachers at Huntington Primary School, defied yesterday’s torrential rain to pedal 100 miles between them by doing laps of the school playground.
Their father, Martyn Miller, who died only six weeks after being diagnosed with cancer, was a keen cyclist and worked at York Cycleworks, in Lawrence Street, for 15 years.
The 42-year-old had been due to complete the York 100 Bike Ride last August – but was too ill to take part.
As a result, Sam, ten, and Oliver, seven, came up with the idea of teaming up with their friends to cycle the 100 miles for him.
Sam said: “Last year my dad died of cancer, so we are doing a 100-mile bike ride for him because he liked cycling. I think he would be really proud.”
The school’s Parent-Teacher Association helped the two brothers organise the sponsored event, which was in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Head teacher Ann McKeown said: “It’s great that the boys wanted to do this to keep their father’s memory alive and it’s great that they are supported by our PTA and all the other children in our school.
“They want to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan, which helps families like their own who are going through such a dreadful time.”
Staff at York Cycleworks also attended the event to help the children reach their 100-mile goal.
Andy Fraser said: “Martyn was our colleague, but he was also a really good mate. He was an extremely funny man and one of the things I remember him for was his ability to re-enact scenes from Monty Python in the shop.
“He was a really good mechanic and a very good talker. People would buy something in the shop just to stop him talking. He could also eat 200 Jaffa cakes in one sitting.”
Huntington Primary School would like to thank Sainsbury’s in Monks Cross for donating fruit for the children to enjoy after their cycling efforts.