Posted: Wednesday 14 June 2017

FP tells all about amazing World Record attempt

FP Mark Beaumont returned to the School to talk to pupils and receive a cheque

A former pupil of the High School of Dundee has been telling current pupils about his incredible, upcoming World Record attempt as he received a charity cheque.

Ahead of his effort to cycle 18,000 miles around the world in just 80 days, which gets underway in Paris on July 2nd, adventurer and broadcaster Mark Beaumont was back at his alma mater to share some of the details with pupils in F4-F6 (S4-S6).

Mark revealed that, while the youngsters are on their summer holidays, he would be attempting to cycle a phenomenal 240 miles per day.  As well as shaving 43 days off the current circumnavigation record, sticking to that pace would enable the 34-year-old to smash his own previous world record mark of 194 days, which he set in 2008. 

After talking to the pupils, Mark was presented with a cheque for £750 for Orkistudio - which his latest adventure is fundraising for - that was generated by the School's Rotakids group through a number of activities.      

He said, "I'm delighted and very grateful to receive this cheque on behalf of Orkistudio, a grassroots Scottish charity and to be able to share with the pupils a little bit about my upcoming challenge."  

Mark was speaking about his record-breaking attempt as he gave a talk as part of the School's annual Lecture Series, a feature of its special Post Exam Programme in which pupils in F4-F6 receive a range of horizon-broadening lectures aimed at inspiring creativity beyond the exam focused curriculum.

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