Brodick pupils show they are big on pedal power

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Words and pictures by Hugh Boag

For the first time Brodick Primary School last week took part in the Sustrans Big Pedal event.

Last month schools across the country had been competing in the UK’s largest inter-school active travel competition. More than 2,100 schools registered to take part, representing more than 700,000 pupils.

There are various events held during the 12-day Big Pedal and Brodick chose to take part in the ‘one day small school event’.

All  pupils that were able to attend school on Tuesday took part by either cycling, scooting or walking to school. All members of staff also took part.

The achievement saw the school ranked joint 10th in the league table on the Sustrans website.

The pupils gathered at the school start time at Ormidale Park to make the short cycle to school watched by parents and grandparents as well as Arran police officers, who had been drafted in to manage the traffic.

Principal teacher Jenny Duncan and Claire Mooney led the cyclists.  Pauline Robertson and Morag Donaldson cycled with a group of children and the remaining staff walked and manned road ends to ensure that children were able to use the road safely.

Organiser Miss Mooney said: ‘We would like to thank parents for their support and the local police officers who accompanied us.’