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Bike, trot and run..how Keighley went sports crazy
South Craven School students Olivia Humphrey, left, and Emily Jennison enjoy the inflatable assault course
People across the Keighley district went Sport Relief crazy.
Schools, companies, community organisations and individuals 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, on Friday, students ditched their uniform for the day and made donations, which raised over £1,036.
There was also an inflatable assault course, on which pupils paid to have a go. It raised £660.
“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 pupils too young for the static bikes took part in relay-style laps of the playground outside using scooters, bikes and trikes.
Teaching assistant Emma Dickerson said she was delighted with how well the day had been received.
“We’ve decorated the school, got parents in to watch – it’s all been very successful,” she added.
“Two children at a time have been going head to head against each other on the static bikes. We’ve tried to match them in terms of ability.
“They’re connected to a big dial, showing which cyclist is going the fastest.
“It’s been fantastic. The pupils have absolutely loved it.”
She said the importance of the good cause was brought home to the pupils by presenting them with the real-life story of a ten-year-old boy in Ghana, who has to work shifts down a mine.
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 was to cover 450km over three days – the distance there and back from Cougar Park to South Wales Scorpions’ ground at Bridgend – the furthest semi-professional rugby league ground from Keighley.
At Strong Close Nursery School & Children’s Centre in Keighley, youngsters jumped to it to support the cause.
They took part in a host of jump-related activities, including an obstacle course and a challenge to see how high they could leap. Parents gave donations and over £100 was collected.
Meanwhile at Haworth, a group of youngsters further boosted the amount raised by taking part in a sponsored horse ride up Main Street.
Alice Bond, Faye Andrew, Poppy Ballantine and Olivia Wasley carried out the ride on Sunday and collected money from visitors and residents.
Riders and horses wore fancy dress.
Alice’s mother, Katherine Bond, said: “In total they have raised more than £120. We would like to thank people who took the time to sponsor us and also the people who donated on Main Street.”
Year five pupils at Parkwood Primary School, Keighley, took part in a cycling relay last Thursday following the canal towpath from Leeds back to Keighley.
They were accompanied by class teacher Tom Weir and two Bike It officers – Emily Groves and Sinead O'Brien.
Support was also provided by Keighley Community Transport.
One pupil, Paige Keane, said: “It was an amazing opportunity for us. This was another outstanding achievement for Parkwood Primary School.”
And on Friday the whole school took part in a Sport Relief mile. There was a non-uniform day and the Year six class played a football tournament with Long Lee Primary School.
In total, £228 was raised.
Children at Merlin Top Primary School, Guard House, dressed in red and white or sports clothes and took part in races and year three and four pupils made buns to sell. The activities raised £320, to be split between Sport Relief and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.