Pupils’ pedal power for bike race

Some of the pupils from Staniland Primary School in Boston taking part in the Big Bike Race. NA

Some of the pupils from Staniland Primary School in Boston taking part in the Big Bike Race. NA

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PEDAL power has taken over Boston’s Staniland Primary School as the young pupils attempt to cycle the length of the UK for the virtual Big Bike Race.

The competition, run by Lincolnshire County Council, sees hundreds of children from across the county cycling to school to try and rack up 1,998km – the equivalent of cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats.

Lynne Wheatley, Staniland Primary School’s road safety officer and admin manager, said: “Our children are very excited about this event and the number of cycles brought to school over the past week has risen dramatically.”

Staniland are currently eighth in the league, with the only other borough school beating them at sixth place being Sutterton Fourfields C of E Primary School. Kelsey Primary School in Market Rasen is currently topping the league table.

The challenge sees the children cycle to school and staff count the number of bikes on the school premises each day and enter it onto the event’s website.

To ensure every school has an equal chance of winning the Big Bike Race, the number of kilometres each bike earns depends on the size of the school.

“The bikes are then converted into virtual miles and our progress is shown on a map of England.” said Lynne.

She added: “Pupils will be able to see our progress in the classroom using the class smartboards and during assembly time.”

The virtual bike race began last week and will conclude on April 8.

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