St Mary’s Youngster Completes Charity Cycle Ride

A 15-year-old St Mary’s youngster has completed a challenging 100km bike ride around West Cornwall

Lewis Johnson finished the Land’s End 100 in 4 hours and 49 minutes. He only took up cycling in April to raise money for a cancer charity, cycling 100 miles around St Mary’s, after his mum, Karen, was diagnosed.

Lewis has been using a new carbon fibre bike, which he says makes a difference and has been preparing by keeping up an average speed on his training runs. Lewis was speed-limited to 15mph in the ride, because of his age but practised sustaining 16mph so he could keep up.

Lewis says it can sometimes be boring cycling around St Mary’s and his biggest test on the mainland was the hills.

He was given a cup for the finishing but his best reward, he says, was a Chinese meal in Penzance afterwards.

290 people registered for the event including Islanders Ruth and Duncan Nichols, Helen and Julian Pearce, Selena Thomas and regular Scilly paramedic, Wayne Davey. Most finished but Lewis says there were a few crashes.

He’s now going to encourage more fellow pupils to take up cycling.