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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Once-in-a-lifetime chance for Cumbria pupils

YOUNG pedallers who have been inspired by biking will contest a special race before the pros take centre stage.

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EXPERIENCE The Walney School cycling group – Holly Logan, Kaylee McIsaac, Ellie Roberts, Beth Wood, Emma Culleton, Libby Fawcett, Megan Bradley, Sophie Helling and Jasmine Marshall – with British Cycling coach Tom Leives

A group of Year Seven pupils from Walney School will take part in a British Cycling Go-Ride, along with children from Kirkbie Kendal School, on Thursday afternoon. They will take part in a short circuit team relay on the road around Market Street car park from the town hall.

In addition, pupil Megan Bradley has been selected as a mascot for one of the pro teams. Under the guidance of PE teacher Renell Brennan and British Cycling coach Tom Leives, the group has been training at the school and they are set to go on two special biking trips.

A statement from the pupils said: “We have really enjoyed our time cycling. Tom has been really great, giving us technique and tips to use while racing or mountain biking. It’s not every day we get an opportunity like this.

“We’re very grateful to the school and Mrs Brennan for organising this amazing experience. Some of us are going to have the time of lives when we have the opportunity to go away to Whinlatter and Grizedale and stay in yurts. Tom motivated us and really challenged us. It was a brilliant experience to get out on the bikes and its boosted our confidence.”

Thirty pupils had three days Go-Ride training with Mr Leives. And 20 to 30 pupils had another day coaching to train ahead of the race on Thursday.

Mrs Brennan, herself an avid mountain biker, said: “It’s an excellent opportunity to help educate them about sport and give direction for a healthy lifestyle. Parents were really pleased about the opportunity their children have been offered and they say it has developed their self-esteem.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for the pupils. It’s not every day the Tour Series comes to your town. So I have done everything in my capability to ensure my pupils are part of this.”

Walney School is appealing for funding to help maintain the school’s bikes and to put on additional training session. If you can help, contact 01229 471528 and ask for Mrs Brennan.

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