Dad is cycling the length of the country to help Castle School

July 29 2020
Dad is cycling the length of the country to help Castle School

A THORNBURY dad is riding the length of the country after fundraising efforts for the Castle School ground to a halt.

Justin Warr is the vice-chair of the Castle School Friends group, which normally organises fundraising and maintenance events to help the secondary school.

But after the coronavirus crisis put a stop to regular fundraising, Justin decided to get on his bike and generate some money under his own steam, by cycling almost 900 miles from Lands End to John o'Groats.

Justin, described the challenge as a ‘leap into the unknown’.

He said: “I think, given the year we've had, that I just wanted to do something a little uplifting and raise some cash for charity (while keeping at bay my middle-aged waistline).

"It's something of a personal challenge as I love cycling and I'm a keen member of Thornbury Cycling Club, though unsurprisingly I have never tried to ride this far before – especially as it's all uphill going from South to North!”

Justin says he will be following government guidelines on COVID-19 throughout the duration of his journey, which he hopes will take him three weeks at 50 miles every day.

Setting out from Land's End on July 11, Justin's wife Kate and two daughters, who are Castle School pupils, joined him on two wheels for one of the stages and are following him in a motorhome for the rest of the journey as his support team.

Speaking to the voice as he approached Preston on his way to the Lake District, he said: “It’s proving a gruelling but wonderful challenge so far.

"I’m delighted to have found a way to support The Castle School while keeping fit, the legs are tired but spirits are high. Thank you to everyone for your support – it really does help me keep the pedals turning.”

Every day Justin records his travels on his fundraising page, to encourage people to support him.

Justin is passionate about raising money for the CSF. He said: “I want to help out Castle School Friends which is a great local charity run by volunteers raising much-needed funds to support students and staff at our much-loved school in Thornbury.”

The head teacher at The Castle School, Joe Docherty, wrote about his trip in the end of term newsletter to parents, describing him as an ‘inspiration’.

Justin's fundraising target is £1,000 and by July 29 he had raised £800 - and reached Inverness.

You can catch up with Justin’s diary and donate online at