Well done to all the schools that have taken part in the Schools Yorkshire Tour 2019. The cycle baton relay aimed at primary, secondary and SEND schools across Yorkshire was originally created by Leeds City Council to encourage our children and young people to cycle to school whilst improving their cycling skills.
14 Schools from Leeds took part in The Schools Yorkshire Tour this year. The tour started at York Minister on 10th June to celebrate national Bike Week and made its way through eleven local authorities including; North Yorkshire, Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield, Barnsley, Sheffield and Rotherham before ultimately finishing in Doncaster in the Sir Nigel Gresley Square on the 2nd July 2019.
On Wednesday 12th June, the baton relay started at Guiseley Primary School in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Eileen Turner and was passed onto Tranmere Park Primary School, St. Mary’s Menston, Rawdon Littlemoor Primary School, Adel Primary School, Highfield Primary School, Gledhow Primary School and finished at John Jamieson School.
Despite the poor weather on Day 2 a lot of keen cyclists were still ready to take up the challenge so the baton continued on its journey to Beechwood Primary School, Richmond Hill Primary School, Kirkstall Abbey, Armley Primary School, Pudsey St Joseph’s Primary School and finished at Coop Academy Priesthorpe before being passed to Fagley Primary in Bradford.
As the cyclists from Richmond Hill cruised into the very wet magnificent ruins of Kirkstall Abbey, they were greeted not just by cheering friends from school, but also by a medieval monk! ‘Brother Bernard’ who was made up in a full Cistercian monk outfit to help them pass the baton on to the next group of cyclists.
On 2nd July the relay ended in style with a celebration event held at CAST in Doncaster to celebrate the finale of the Schools Yorkshire Tour, and saw the safe arrival of the baton into Doncaster.
Thanks to all who took part and those that helped organise a fantastic event!
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