Pier pressure mounts for pupils

Students at Kings School taking part in the Pier relay.

Students at Kings School taking part in the Pier relay.

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MORE than 200 youngsters took part in a two-day relay race event in Tynemouth last week.

Pupils at the village’s King’s School kept up a tradition dating back over 20 years by running the kilometre from the haven on Tynemouth Pier to the village’s lighthouse.

The annual race marked the start of a series of events also including chess and singing competitions.

Rob Snow, director of sport at the Huntingdon Place school, said: “The pier relay is a real tradition and a fun activity for everyone.

“Even the staff field teams to encourage a sense of loyalty and community.”

No records were broken by the youngsters, aged ten to 18, or staff taking part in this year’s race.