Children from four Hartlepool primary schools take part in cycling event at Summerhill

Schoolchildren from four primary schools battled it out to take home the title of Hartlepool Inter Schools Balance Bike Challenge 2018 champions.

Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 8:57 am
Sebastian Laycock, who won first prize in the individual scorings.
Sebastian Laycock, who won first prize in the individual scorings.

Reception children from St Aidan’s CE, St Cuthbert’s RC, Holy Trinity C of E and St Joseph’s RC primary schools raced around an outdoor track at Summerhill Country Park and Visitors Centre on specialised balance bikes, which are designed to help young children develop their confidence on two wheels.

After a series of knock-out races, it was the team from St Aidan’s CE that collected the most wins, leading them to the title of balance bike champions 2018.

Sebastian Laycock, aged 5 from St Aidan’s CE Primary School won first prize in the individual scorings.

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Adam Reah, Hartlepool Borough Council’s outdoor activities co-ordinator for Summerhill, said: “The tournament was a huge success, with all the children really getting involved and vying for the top prize.

“Overall feedback from the day was excellent, with staff from each of the schools involved commenting that the children had a brilliant time, and that it was a fantastic way to recognise their achievements and refresh their memories following on from the Balance Bike sessions.

“Because of its success, we are keen to make this an annual sporting event. We look forward to inviting even more Hartlepool schools along next year to take on the challenge and get involved in what’s sure to be an even bigger tournament.”

The tournament was funded by Hartlepool Borough Council’s Transport and Infrastructure team as part of the ‘Let’s all Ride a Bike’ scheme.