Plucky cycling lifeguard lines up last leg

Callum Knox heads out of the Reporoa pasture-lands, climbing into the hills around Rotorua in today's ride.  Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media Services.
Callum Knox heads out of the Reporoa pasture-lands, climbing into the hills around Rotorua in today’s ride. Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media Services.

A beer and some chocolate – that’s what Mount Maunganui surf lifesaver Callum Knox is most looking forward to when he arrives home from an 850km charity bike ride tomorrow.
The Canterbury University engineering student left the Sumner Surf Club in Christchurch last Saturday and will arrive at his home club, Mount Maunganui, tomorrow as he raises funds to support the Harrison Mundy Scholarship Trust.
He reached Rotorua today after an eventful couple of days and plans to be at Papamoa Domain at 10.30am tomorrow morning, where he’ll meet anyone who wants to join him on the last leg into the Main Beach.
“I’m definitely looking forward to getting home – the body is pretty sore and it will be nice to give it some rest for the next few weeks,” Callum said, dedicating today’s effort to his sister Amanda on her birthday.
After training hard for the last four months to prepare for the ride, he’s also looking forward to a few treats… especially the beer and chocolate.
Today’s 78km ride from Taupo to Rotorua wasn’t quite as spectacular as yesterday – with snow and tail-winds along the Desert Road – but the beneficial breezes helped push him along at a steady clip.
He’s expecting to arrive at the Main Beach between 11am and midday tomorrow.
The Harrison Mundy Trust has been set up by Harrison’s parents Hayley and Allan, aiming to provide a scholarship for the Cadet Lifeguard of the Year for junior lifeguards aged under 14.
Harrison lost a battle with cancer earlier this year.

Follow Callum’s progress here: https://www.facebook.com/events/959067714119460/

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