An international sports star has encouraged youngsters to get on their bikes when she visited a Northumberland school.
Taking time out of her preparations for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where she is representing Team England in the marathon, Aly Dixon also urged them to forget the bus and walk to school when she popped into Bedlingtonshire Community High School.
Her visit marked the launch of Go the Extra Mile Day which will take place on Wednesday, July 9, organised by Schools Go Smarter – the green and healthy travel initiative.
As part of Go the Extra Mile Day, schools across south east Northumberland will compete to see how many of their pupils can find greener and healthier ways of getting to and from school with a prize of up to £1,000.
Participating pupils all receive a special wristband and every 100th entrant who signs up at www.gosmarter.co.uk will receive a £25 gift voucher for intu Eldon Square or intu Metrocentre.
Aly said: “I’ve always enjoyed competing, and Go the Extra Mile Day is a fantastic way for schools to enjoy some healthy rivalry and at the same time raise awareness of ways we can all make better choices about how we travel to and from school.”
Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment at Northumberland County Council, added: “Go the Extra Mile Day is a fantastic way for schools and pupils in south east Northumberland to enjoy an active journey to school and the benefits that come from even a small amount of exercise.”
Visit www.gosmarter.co.uk for more information.