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Pupils take on a Sport Relief Challenge

FINAL PUSH:  Lindsey Russell helps Radzi Chinyanganya over the finish line. Inset, Lindsey, left, overtakes Radzi who had broken down just short of the finish line

FINAL PUSH: Lindsey Russell helps Radzi Chinyanganya over the finish line. Inset, Lindsey, left, overtakes Radzi who had broken down just short of the finish line

It’s the thing childhood dreams are made of... time off school to see all three Blue Peter presenters in action.

That was real life for youngsters from Preston’s Ingol Community Primary yesterday when they were whisked from class for a lesson with a difference.

Blue Peter presenters Radzi Chinyanganya, Barney Harwood and Lindsey Russell took each other on in a test of ingenuity and agility as they hopped on some very special home-made bikes for their latest Sport Relief challenge.

Team Blue Peter went head to head at the University of Central Lancashire’s cycle track at the Cottam sports arena racing three miles for Sport Relief on bikes they helped to make.

Each presenter was given a brief to build a recumbent bike last week ready to race today.

They then helped experts from the Human Powered Association to build the bikes and were given some tips by a number of industry insiders.

As a result Barney zipped along on a two-wheeled vehicle, Radzi sped to the finish with a three-wheeler and Lindsey flew down the track on a four-wheeled wonder.

Sean Bailey, 11, from Ingol Community Primary School, said: “I really like Radzi’s bike and I’d like him to win the race.

“At school we’re planning to raise money for Sports Relief by organising a sponsored run around the playground. I’m really looking forward to it.”

School chum Angel Quinn, eight, added: “I love Blue Peter so it’s really exciting to come here to cheer on the presenters.

Lindsey’s pink bike is my favourite especially as it has sparkly diamantes stuck to it.”

The cycle race is the second instalment of three epic challenges Team Blue Peter have taken on in support of Sport Relief.

Last week Radzi made waves in a chilly Lake Windermere swim and the presenters are a on a running based challenge in Birmingham today.

The first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games take place from Friday March 21 to Sunday March 23 2014 and a number of public events are being held in Preston, including a charity fun run.

If you are taking part in any Sport Relief event we want to know about it. Whether you are running the Sport Relief mile or organising your own sporting challenge, film yourself or others taking part, and share your footage to our Facebook page.

 

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