Pupils’ lessons in pedal power fun

Hempnall cycle event
Hempnall cycle event

CHILDREN from Hempnall Primary School staged their own cycle event to mark the opening stage of the Tour of Britain in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Called ‘The Tour de Pit’, the event was held on the school playing field (which is known as The Pit) around a specially-marked track following signs showing from Ipswich to Norwich.

The three ‘King of the Mountains’ stage involved pupils cycling as many laps as possible without stopping, before a series of hotly contested sprint races at the end. Younger children with scooters and stabilisers followed a track around the playground.

During the day, pupils from Willow Class learned about cycling and famous cyclists and tracked the progress of Stage Six of the real tour across Wales live, using the ‘Tour of Britain’ website.

Deputy head, Ian Small said: “It was a great opportunity to build on Olympic fever, encouraging healthy lifestyles and the joys and occasional despair of competitive sport.

“Some were exhausted after a couple of laps and started to appreciate the amazing fitness levels of Wiggo, Cavendish and the rest.” Due to technical difficulties with many of the children’s bikes, it’s likely lessons in bicycle maintenance and care may follow.