Hundreds of Yorkshire pupils take part in 245 mile cycle relay

Yorkshire pupils take part in 245 mile cycle relay

By Fiona Wilkins, Corporate Communications Manager

Children and young people from 95 schools across Yorkshire will be taking part in a cycling relay covering 10 local authority areas over the next two weeks.

The Schools’ Yorkshire Tour relay will start on 12 June as part of national Bike Week. The relay is will see pupils from primary, secondary and special schools in Yorkshire pass a baton over 395km (245 miles) from the start in Sheffield to its final destination in Leeds on Tuesday 27 June.

The tour has been organised by the ten Yorkshire local authorities in partnership with Sustrans and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and supported by YPO.

A baton will be passed by school children and young people from school to school and local authority to local authority along a pre-planned route across Yorkshire. In addition, there will be a variety of events planned at some of the schools taking part in the relay along the route and at historic locations.

The event starts in Sheffield and passes through Barnsley, Wakefield, Doncaster, East Riding, York, North Yorkshire, Leeds, Bradford and Calderdale before finishing in Leeds with a celebration event. The route uses the existing road network and numerous off- road cycleways. A number of famous landmarks will form the backdrop to the baton handovers between districts, including the historic Stamford Bridge Viaduct, Lotherton Hall, and the original Woolpack at Esholt made famous by the long running television programme Emmerdale.