Children from Hempnall Primary School staged their own cycle event on their playing field to mark the opening stage of the Tour of Britain in Norfolk and Suffolk

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The ‘Tour De Pit’ was held at the primary school on Friday. The older children cycled around a specially marked track on ‘The Pit’, as the playing field is known following the signs from Ipswich to Norwich.

They were encouraged to cycle as many laps as possible without stopping, before a series of hotly contested sprint races at the end.

Younger children with scooters and stabilisers followed a track around the playground. During the day, children in Willow Class learnt a little more about cycling and famous cyclists and tracked the progress of Stage 6 across Wales live, using the Tour of Britain website.

Ian Small, deputy headteacher said, “It was a great opportunity to build on Olympic fever, encouraging healthy lifestyles and the joys and occasional despair of competitive sport. Some were exhausted after a couple of laps and started to appreciate the amazing fitness levels of Wiggo, Cavendish and the rest.”

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