Pupils taking part in ‘Schools Yorkshire Tour’

14/06/2017, PR8571

​More than 100 pupils from the Wakefield district are taking part in the 'Schools Yorkshire Tour' cycle relay.

Schools Yorkshire Tour
Schools Yorkshire Tour with Cllr George Ayre

​The Tour will see hundreds of school children riding in a 15 day long relay throughout Yorkshire,  which started in Sheffield on Monday 12 June and finishes in Leeds on Tuesday 27 June.

The event is in Wakefield today ( Wednesday 14 June) and tomorrow  (Thursday 15 June) and will see 112 pupils from 14 schools taking part. Each school is cycling with the baton up to five miles to their neighbouring school.

Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council, said: "This is a fantastic event, which reflects how cycling is growing in popularity and  events such as the Tour de Yorkshire are encouraging  people to take up the sport. It's great that so many young people from our district are taking part and contributing to this huge team effort."

Stage one  began at  Mackie Hill Primary School in Crigglestone and arrived at the BKCAT Cycle Circuit to finish with Sandal Magna ending this stage.

Stage begins from Three Lanes Primary in Castleford with each leg taking in the new Castleford Greenway and finishing at Half Acres Primary at the end of the school day.

Stage three is the handover stage which will begin at Fitzwilliam Primary, and travel throughout the area's schools towards Doncaster with Moorthorpe Primary. The baton will be handed over to a representative from Doncaster Council in Hooton Pagnell.

At the end of final leg in Leeds, on June 27, there will be a celebration event at Leeds Civic Centre for the schools involved. Wakefield is being represented by Hendal Primary School.

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