Keighley district goes Sport Relief crazy!

Some of the Oakbank School pupils who took part in the Sport Relief mile

Some of the Oakbank School pupils who took part in the Sport Relief mile

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People across the Keighley district have gone Sport Relief crazy.

Schools, companies, community organisations and individuals have joined in the biennial charity fundraiser.

Organisers of the extravaganza – held by Comic Relief, in conjunction with the BBC – urged everyone to run, cycle, swim or take part in other activities for the cause.

At South Craven School, Cross Hills, today, students ditched their uniform and made donations, which raised over £1,036.

There was also an inflatable assault course, on which pupils paid to have a go. It was set to coin-in over £400.

“The assault course proved very popular – the students queued to take part,” said a school spokesman.

“All the pupils were involved in the activities and the day went down very well.”

At Oakbank School, Keighley, staff and students took part in the Sport Relief mile.

They used PE lessons, the lunch break and time after school to complete the challenge.

More than 600 pupils were involved.

Hannah Borkala, the school’s marketing and event officer, said: “Students and teachers at Oakbank love taking part in Sport Relief.

“It’s an excellent way to bring staff, students and the community together and the money raised is for a great cause. It is fantastic that our PE staff take the time to organise it.”

Dozens of youngsters at Harden Primary School were cheered on by staff, parents and other pupils as they took part in a sponsored roller bike challenge.

The older children gathered in the school hall to take turns racing each other using a pair of custom-built static bikes brought in by a company called Rollapaluza.

Meanwhile, those pupils who were too young for the static bikes took part in relay-style laps of the playground outside using scooters, bikes and trikes.

Keighley Cougars chairman Gary Fawcett kicked off a Sport Relief cycle at the town’s Sainsbury's store.

He pedalled with the deputy store manager, with Cougars first-team players and Sainsbury's and Workouts Gym staff also taking part.

The aim is to cover 450km over three days - the distance there and back from Cougar Park to South Wales Scorpions' ground at Bridgend, which is the furthest semi-professional rugby league ground from Keighley.

* For a full round-up and more photos, see next week's Keighley News

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