Pupils from John Scurr primary school came together in a great group effort in aid of Sport Relief on Friday 21st of March by cycling and running around Bethnal Green Gardens as many times as possible.
Aiming to cover as many miles as they could as a team, each class took it in turns to get on the saddle and pedal around the park in a day-long relay. While not cycling the children were either doing an immense job of cheering on their peers or running to further their mileage!
Across the day over 80 pupils took to their bikes which was an awesome show as well as a huge logistical feat. The children, especially those who cycled, rose to the challenge however and did their school proud by cycling almost 100 miles as a group and raising £650.00.
A huge thank you to the Maze Partnership for all their help and for kindly supplying the bikes for the day.
A few emails and phone calls later, a day was set for Laura Laker, the Guardian reporter and blogger to come and see the impact Bike It and cycle training can have on children cycling to John Bramston Primary School.
On the day of the visit the schools Bike It champions ran one of their popular bikers breakfasts with the help of other teaching staff and arranged a bike club skills sessions for Laura to come and observe.
The tables were set and toasters primed as some children waited at locked gates along with bikes, ready to come in. Todays breakfast attracted over 60 children for a morning feast of cereal, toast and juices (on a previous breakfast the school achieved nearer 100 children). Once finished and like a well oiled machine children headed for registration and the hall was tidied ready for school assembly
After completing formal introductions Laura began her interview in a relaxed style; listening to the Bike It champions, the children and one of the mums who has lived in the area all her life whose child is a regular cyclist. At one point Laura braved on coming riders to take a photo of their grandmothers footsteps game. Brave but confident the children could handle their bikes.
Laura and barry interviewMr Hooker, who also runs bike club activities on top of his site manager duties
Laura champ kids parent interviewBike club interview. Laura in the thick of things
See what the school had to say in the Guardian Blog here:
It’s great to hear what our schools have to say and to receive praise for the support and advice we offer as Bike It officers.
What next for the school? Well, they are keen to promote the continuing hard work they have been doing to promote cycling.
Over flowing bike shed breakfastWell over 60 bikes on a wet and cold day in February. Nothing unusual at John Bramston in Redbridge
Sharing what Bike it does from a schools perspective spreads the message, and helps other schools realise they too can make changes to encourage children to travel in a sustainable way.
Dorchester Primary School’s Team 1 are the new Sutton Primary Schools Cycling Champions, following their win on 12th March at Sutton Grammar School’s Walch Memorial Sports Ground, Cheam.
Now in their ninth year, the Championships have changed slightly over time, and are currently for teams of four (two boys and two girls) from Years 5 & 6 in primary schools in the London Borough of Sutton. Each team member competes in a Cross-Country Race and a Skills Test. A Road Safety Quiz completed earlier in school also counts towards the competition.
Last Wednesday morning, the mist cleared and the sun shone on nearly a hundred excited children as they competed in the cycling elements of the Championships.
The Cross-Country Race was split into four, all hotly contested – with
only a few pile-ups! There was enough time at the end to have an extra
(non-Championship) race for the top five from the earlier races, with small
prizes from British Cycling.
The Skills/Road Safety element of the competition was won by Team 2 from Harris Junior Academy, Carshalton. One team member was first overall in the Skills Test, and two others had scored maximum marks in the Road Safety Quiz. The Team was awarded the prestigious Moore Cup, originally donated by a former Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Moore, to the school with the most children to achieve the old cycling proficiency, but now awarded to the school that does best this element of the Championships.
As well as the Championship Trophy, Dorchester Primary also won the chance for a group of children to try track riding at the famous Herne Hill velodrome, used in the 1948 Olympics. This prize was donated by Sustainable Transport Sutton.
1st Dorchester Primary School, Team 1
2nd Harris Junior Academy Carshalton, Team 1
3rd Devonshire Primary School, Team 2
Winner of Moore Cup for Skills & Road Safety
Harris Junior Academy Carshalton, Team 2
All children in the top three teams won miniature trophies to keep, plus goody bags from British Cycling.
Big Pedal National Promo filmed in our very own South West London Bike It School Albermarle Primary in the borough of Wandsworth. The Pupils were very excited to meet with the Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood and got to have their first experience of show business.
Wandworth school (SouthfieldsAcademy) and a Sutton school (Wandle Valley Secondary) cycled across three boroughs to meet up and explore their environment. The school groups cycled towards the middle point in MordenHall Park to meet up.
This was a 10 mile round trip for each group, the pupils did very well and kept to a steady pace, most pupils were going further than they had ever cycled along the Wandle trail. We could not have hoped for better weather at this time of year with the sun shining on us the whole way. We plan to run an even bigger version of the bike ride in the summer across Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth taking advantage of having the Wandle connecting the three boroughs.
Thank you to all the Sustrans volunteers and school teachers who helped make this day happen
Roxane (Bike It Officer for Wandsworth and Merton) and Ali (Bike It Officer for Sutton)