VIDEO: Hethersett pupils in comic relief pogo challenge

It is a route that might only take about 20 minutes by car but three teenagers are hoping to complete the nine-mile journey between Wymondham and Norwich within five hours - on pogo sticks.

Hethersett High School pupils Josh Worley, 15, Tom Calder, 15, and James Skipper, 14, will be embarking on the unusual trip on Friday, March 18 to raise as much money as possible for Comic Relief.

But what makes the Red Nose Day challenge all the more taxing is that none of them had ever been on a pogo stick until just a few days ago.

James, from Cringleford, said: 'We all happen to do stuff for charity and thought maybe we could do something quite big this year. We came up with the idea about a month ago and have had the pogo sticks for a week now.'

The lads are trying to put in a bit of training every day, but the furthest any of them has been able to travel so far without falling off is 100metres.


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Josh, who lives at Tharston, south Norfolk, said: 'It's a challenge and the fact its on pogo sticks makes it more of a challenge, more interesting and funny for people to sponsor us as they probably think we might hurt ourselves.'

They will be starting the 9-mile trip from Wymondham's Market Cross at 1.20pm and hope to reach the Forum in Norwich by 6pm.

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A support vehicle will be in attendance to provide encouragement and support while they will be joined along the route by friends who will be carrying buckets urging members of the public to support the charity bid.

And with some of the route being off road they might have to swap their pogo sticks for space hoppers at some points on the journey which people will be able to follow, and receive regular updates, by logging onto www.pogochallenge.co.uk.

Visit www.eveningnews24.co.uk for video of the youngsters pogo-ing in Norwich.

Are you doing something unusual to raise money for Comic Relief? Contact Evening News reporter Ben Woods on 01603 772439 or email ben.woods@archant.co.uk.

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