Youngsters going the extra mile

Hundreds of schoolchildren across south east Northumberland took to their bikes and pounded the pavements to celebrate Go the Extra Mile Day.

The special day, organised by Schools Go Smarter in partnership with Northumberland County Council, the green and healthy travel initiative, urged children to find healthier and environmentally friendly ways to travel to and from school.

Secondary school children from all over the county, including Blyth’s Bede Academy, joined in the challenge, which saw schools compete against each other to win a cash prize of £1,000.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment at Northumberland County Council, said: “The feedback we have received from schools and students involved in Go the Extra Mile Day has been fantastic, everyone has really enjoyed the challenge.”

“It’s shown that anyone can make a small difference to their journey into school but the benefits can be huge,” he added.

“Fewer cars on the road is not only safer for students travelling into school, it also helps our economy as it keeps the traffic moving.”