Mid Norfolk bakes, rides and runs for Sport Relief

Sport Relief bake-off at Reepham high school. Photo: Bill Smith

Sport Relief bake-off at Reepham high school. Photo: Bill Smith

Youngsters battled it out in the kitchen, a schoolgirl arrived at school by horse and a giant lobster could be seen running around a playing field as pupils and teachers in mid Norfolk got in the spirit for Sport Relief.

Fundraising activities kicked off in Reepham earlier this week when staff and students at Reepham High School and College took part in a Great Reepham Sport Relief Bake Off.

Fourteen teams of two, consisting of one member of staff and one student, whisked, mixed, baked and iced a sport-themed cake which was produced and decorated under timed conditions on Wednesday.

The cakes were then judged by catering teacher Angela Gibbs, professional cake baker Laura Wyand and a Year 11 student at the school yesterday. They were then raffled to raise money for Sport Relief.

First prize with a cake in the shape of a Nike trainer went to Head of Maths Paul Beale who worked with Zac Burchinshaw. They each won a voucher for afternoon tea at Byford's in Holt.

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Lottie Waller, 13, whose boxing ring cake came in second, said: 'I expected the evening to be stressful, but everyone was so friendly about the competition.'

The fundraising effort at Reepham High did not stop there. Today, the pupils have been getting competitive on the rowing machines, with live reports on BBC Radio Norfolk.

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Elsewhere, 10-year-old Mia Fletcher donated £10 from her own savings to ride her pony, 15-year-old Tommy, to her school, Thomas Bullock Primary in Shipdham.

And in Swaffham, pupils at both Swaffham Infant and Nursery School and Nicholas Hamond Academy held their own Sport Relief Mile.

Meanwhile, Dereham Sixth Form College students raced teacher Pete Elphick who was dressed as a lobster. Twenty-five pupils were cheered on by 70 fellow classmates as they chased Mr Elphick around a mile-long course which took in the school's field and Neatherd Moor. Just four students managed to catch him.

Kirsty Aldis, from the college, said: 'It was really good and fun to do something to get the college involved in Sport Relief.'

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