Pupils geared up for competition

PEDALLING pupils at Elvington Primary School are hoping to cycle their way to success this month.

Children, along with parents and staff, are being encouraged to cycle to the school for Sustrans’ Big Pedal competition, which started on Monday and runs until Friday, 23 March.

More than 13 schools in the York area are taking part in the competition, which is being backed by world champion cyclist Mark Cavendish.

It aims to get kids active and raise money for the Sustrans charity, with top prizes up for grabs for the schools that get the most people involved.

Elvington Primary headteacher Jenny Rogers hopes the school’s involvement in The Big Pedal will help it achieve an Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.

She said: “I think The Big Pedal is a great idea. We’ve been working hard for the school to get a Green Flag, we have a bronze and silver.

“We’ve done this three times before.

“Normally, we have quite a high percentage [of pupils taking part]. About 60 per cent of the school.”

Last year, 14 schools in the area entered the competition, competing against 800 schools from across the UK. There are more prizes up for grabs for schools in the York area this year, donated by Intelligent Travel York.

Mark Cavendish said: “It’s good to see more people out and about cycling and I always smile when I see a family or a child on a bike.

“The Big Pedal is a great Sustrans competition to get more kids out on two wheels. So many kids want to cycle so we should make it easy for them to get around by bike and to be fit and healthy.

‘Sustrans is encouraging children from a young age to be happy, independent and free-range, and maybe even feel inspired to become future British cycling champions.”

Sustrans enables people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys they make every day.