Teams of teachers and parents showed they are ‘wheelie’ good fundraisers by saddling up to race each other in aid of Sport Relief.
Twenty geared-up members of staff from Hadrian Park Primary School took part in a four-team relay race on Friday in aid of the charity event taking place this weekend.
The pumped-up peddlers, who each completed a lap of the one mile road course, were dressed head to toe in the colours of each of the school’s four house teams.
The staff, some of whom had not been on a bike for more than 20 years, had been drawn at random into teams before pushing off on Friday morning.
They were cheered around the road course by all Hadrian Park’s 300 pupils, who came to school dressed as their favourite sports stars to mark the occasion, donating £1 each to Sport Relief.
Year 2 pupil Lucy Jones, whose mum Amanda McMurray was part of the winning team, said: “It was brilliant. I loved seeing my mum race and win. I am very proud.”
Rebecca Wilkinson, whose mum Laura Elliott, a teaching assistant, also took part, added: “It was fantastic. It was something new and it was great fun watching all the teachers trying so hard to beat each other.
“I was screaming and shouting the whole time, and so were my friends. I hope they do it again soon!”
Headteacher Jane Parker said: “Our caretaker came up with the idea of the staff racing each other for charity and it just went from there.
“Everyone has been getting quite competitive but it has all been in good spirit.
“More staff than usual have been riding their bikes in to work, which has been great to see and is a good example to set to the children.
“We pride ourselves on raising money for good causes at Hadrian Park and I’m pleased we have been able to add to our tally of cash raised this year.
“I’m very proud of everyone’s efforts.”
Year 2 teacher and relay racer Jake Rusby said: “It was great fun and the kids absolutely loved it.
“There were a few tired legs and burning lungs afterwards but it was all worth it.”
The school managed to raise more than £300 for the bi-annual charity event, which has seen hundreds of millions of pounds roll in since it was first launched in 2002.