DERWEN College students have pedalled their way around Lake Vyrnwy as part of a cycle challenge fundraiser.

Students and staff took part in Mack's Challenge, led by college student Mackenzie Beeson, which saw them take on the full distance of the Mid Wales beauty spot – a distance of 14-miles.

Anna Evans, fundraiser for Derwen College was delighted that the pupils were able to borrow bikes – including adapted bikes – and helmets just in time for the bike ride.

She said: "Derwen College doesn’t have that many bikes of its own, and we needed to borrow some bikes at very short notice to ensure all the students who wanted to join Mack, could do.

"Thanks to the fantastic team at Pedal Power, we managed to get the bikes we needed, plus the helmets and everyone was able to take part.

"One of the students needed an adapted bike, and we got that too, so we really do owe them a huge thank you."

Mack and his friend Joe Simpson cycled the lake in the adapted bikes and their fellow cyclists used traditional mountain bikes – they were also joined by the college's sport co-ordinator Steve Evans who highlighted how tough the challenge was for students with disabilities by riding an adapted bike himself.

Bethania Adventure in Lake Vyrnwy provided wonderful support to the team by lending a boat for the event, which two members of staff used to traverse the lake and follow the cyclists with a drone video camera – capturing their entire ride around the lake.

So far, just under £1500 has been raised from the ride, but the college is hoping more donations will still come in now that they have completed the challenge.

"We are going to review how this event went, and hopefully will do it again next year – it was such a great day for all involved," Anna added.

For more information about Mack’s Challenge visit