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Portland teenager completes 200 mile trek in support of Portland Academy
3:09pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
Adam Greaves, 16, set out on the afternoon of Thursday August 22 to walk, paddle and cycle his way to London to present a petition to Number 10, signed by parents and supporters in favour of the new academy building at Maritime House.
Weymouth and Portland Borough Councillors recently rejected the planning application for the proposed academy site at Southwell Business Park.
Adam and support team, IPACA's Gary Fooks and support vehicle driver and IPACA governor Matt Longshaw, delivered a copy of IPACA's petition to the borough council's North Quay offices before heading to the capital to present the petition to Downing Street.
They reached their goal on Tuesday afternoon.
Adam said the toughest bit of the trek had been kayaking for ten hours on Sunday.
He said the teams arms were aching from all the paddling.
He said: “The best bit was, we had to swap the last day of kayaking for cycling because we had 60 miles to cover.”
He added: “We did the Thames path, that was really nice to cycle along there.”
Kayaking through the centre of Reading was the most surreal moment Adam said.
He added that it had felt great to get to the capital.
Adam said: “We obviously felt a great sense of achievement- really happy to get there. The challenge was definitely a challenge.”
He added: “I hope the challenge has raised awareness. Hopefully now on Portland people should know what the whole Academy bid is about. We hope it's put enough positive energy towards the appeal, so when it happens it will get granted.”
Adam said he would like to thank Gary Fooks who did the whole challenge with him and support vehicle driver Matt Longshaw, as well as the support group who have been working behind the scenes on the petition.
Adam picked up his GCSE results before they started off and said he was delighted to get five Bs and three Cs. He will be continuing his studies at Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester and studying PE, psychology, maths and applied science.
NThe petition is still open for people to sign to show their support, visit www.tinyurl.com/AdamsIPACATrek
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