The pupils of Leswalt Primary are celebrating after cycling their way into National success in “The Big Pedal 2013”. The boys and girls made their way to school on bikes and scooters, over a three-week period. Every journey made by the pupils and their parents was recorded by staff. The pupils had vowed to “take it easy” this year after last year they won the overall National competition. However, they were soon climbing up the leadership tables and finished runners up for the whole of Scotland and third overall in the UK for the small school category.
The pupils also won a “special stage” for being the fastest school in the UK on that particular day. For their efforts they received a yellow cycling jersey, like they do in the Tour de France.
The Big Pedal was competed safely at Leswalt with support from PC Kevin Wyllie and his colleagues at Stranraer Police station. Throughout the cycling competition the Police were a visible presence in the village to ensure all road users were adhering to the speed limit and keeping safe on the roads
The pupils from Leswalt have not hung up their cycling helmets quite yet. Later this term they will all be pedalling again, in a sponsored pedal to try and raise some funds for their school.