Students at Magnus Church of England Academy joined in the celebrations at Sconce and Devon Park for the Tour of Britain and were inspired by the day to kick off their own in-school cycling challenge.
Students competed in House teams on exercise bikes, racing to become the first to complete 165 km distance eventually being completed by the elite cyclists in Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain race.
Ally Shivas, Head of World Studies at Magnus Church of England, said that the students began their sports focus as the Tour of Britain came to Newark. “Along with Active4Today staff, our students led a speed cycling challenge in the park; tag rugby games and even dressed up as the Tour of Britain mascots at the finish line! They thoroughly enjoyed being able to serve many from our community in running these activities.” Mr Shivas says the enthusiasm continued at school as the competition began. “Following the Tour, our own inter-house competition kicked off with an epic challenge; working in house teams of 8 students the challenge was to collectively cycle 165km as quickly as possible. With thanks again to Active4Today, four of the house teams went to Newark Sports Centre on two days running to cycle one hour per night to complete the challenge.”
Over the two evenings at the Sports Centre, 25 students cycled a massive 993km collectively. Mr Shivas said, “The results ended with Cartwright House winning with 362.1km, then Warburton with 269.8km, Bromhead cycled 217.9km and Deanhole cycled 143.2km. The performance of Cartwright was particularly impressive as they actually completed the challenge on each evening with some excellent performances.”
Mr Shivas said that the qualities needed to complete the task transcend more than a sporting challenge. “As an Academy, we are seeking to develop our students as people of good character who achieve excellence and make a positive difference to their communities. Through both of these tasks we succeeded. Particularly during the cycling challenge where students demonstrated our core values of determination; ambition and humility in abundance. Students spoke ambitiously throughout the challenge and sought to cycle further on the second day than on the first and demonstrated humility in celebrating everyone’s successes together and applauding some of the gargantuan efforts involved.”
Mr Shivas says there were a few students who showed enough determination to become cycling stars of the future. “Many students cycled huge distances on both nights and each year group saw some excellent individual contests; the battle between Curtis Longhurst and Ben Handley in Year 11 swung several times with Ben edging out Curtis to cycle 61.3km against his 59.1km. The Academy is grateful to our friends from Active4Today for inviting us to work with them and for setting up such an excellent inter house competition! We look forward to working more with them in the future.”