Youngsters take on gruelling ride to celebrate end of year

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A TEAM of youngsters from a Blyth primary school have celebrating completing a gruelling 131-mile bike ride.

Ten pupils from Morpeth Road Primary School, set off on the bike ride from Workington to Tynemouth last week to celebrate cycling and the end of the school year.

The ride was organised by the charity Sustrans for pupils who have been taking part in its ‘Bike It’ project.

The charity has been working with the school since May 2010 to encourage children to cycle, and the school now regularly sees more than 100 children cycling to school for special events.

The children returned to school on Thursday, in time for the end of the school day, and were welcomed back by pupils, staff and parents.

Morpeth Road headteacher Michael Bell said: “This was a great celebration of cycling. Both staff and pupils are always very keen to ‘get on their bikes’, and enjoy the outdoors.

“It is really important that throughout the year the school has had fantastic support from Richard and Mark from Sustrans and Dave from Steel Cycles.

“Their expertise and enthusiasm has spurred the children into being excited about cycling-a life long skill that they will always have.”