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Archbishop’s Youth Trust Trans Pennine Trek Preparation

Dan's Training Route

Friday 8th July 2016

Preparation and training is well under way for the Archbishop’s Youth Trust team who are completing a four-day fundraising Trek, from the 14th to 18th July, across the Trans Pennine Trail.


Before they set off on their cycling and walking trek, Archbishop Sentamu is to lead Pilgrimage prayers with the team, which includes Dan Finn, Ian Walker, Mick Fox and 2 Young Leaders, George (16) and Josh (16), at Bishopthorpe Chapel on Weds 13 July at 3.30pm.

In order to prepare for the trek, each person in the Youth Trust team has been improving their fitness and stamina in order to complete their challenge. 

George completed two 28 mile bike rides with a friend from York to Langton Primary School and Josh joined them for the second journey. Both young leaders have recently finished their GSCE exams, so have been able to complete lots of local cycling routes and have been encouraged by their friends along the way.

Meanwhile, Ian recently completed the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride – a distance of 75 miles from Wetherby to Filey.  He is aiming to complete 200 miles of cycling in the fortnight ahead of the challenge, with two hikes of around 15 miles each weekend.

Mick completed a 45 mile bike ride from Brompton on Swale to Stillington, a lovely yet challenging scenic route. Dan Finn has also completed a 40 mile route from York to Castle Howard, one of the many places that the Archbishop visited on his recent Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing.

Dan Finn, the Director of the Youth Trust said: “We are delighted that so many people are taking part in this sponsored trek, especially George and Josh who have completed the Awards in their schools and have been inspired in the process. Thank you to all who are supporting and sponsoring us – it’s really encouraging!”

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About the Archbishop of York Youth Trust

To date the Youth Trust have enrolled over 350 Primary and Secondary schools to the Young Leaders Awards, empowering some 37,000 young people to put leadership into action and make a difference in other people's lives through acts of service and community volunteering.



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