Pupils pedal to victory in challenge

px facilities supervisor Mark Crockett (on bike) and projects superintendent Barry Scott with P7 pupil William Leys and Willow Smith of P1.
px facilities supervisor Mark Crockett (on bike) and projects superintendent Barry Scott with P7 pupil William Leys and Willow Smith of P1.

Primary school pupils from St. Fergus have put workers at the nearby gas processing terminal to shame with an emphatic victory in a cycling challenge

Using an exercise bike, the five to 11-year-olds pedalled 210 miles in just four days, leaving the plant’s employees – at just 69 miles – in their wake.

The event was part of a healthy working lives initiative at the terminal - operated by the px group since March. The plan was to cycle the distance from the site to the company’s Teesside head office in North East England.

Aware of the St. Fergus Primary School’s fundraising initiative, plant staff decided to use the challenge to support the cause. nBefore moving on to secondary education the final year pupils are raising money for a legacy project, which will support IT learning and resources at the school.

Fiona Morrison, facilities, administration and communications team leader at the plant said: “As suspected, the school won easily. Their enthusiasm and the desire to beat the site got them there in an excellent time.”

In conceding defeat px has donated a bicycle to the school to be offered as a raffle prize in support of further fund raising.

Head teacher, Avril Sutherland, added: “Pupils thank px for the donation of the bicycle in support of the annual enterprise. This year the project involves setting up a school website as well as organising extra-curricular computer science clubs.”