Events mark run-up to Games

CELEBRATIONS are taking place across Erewash to launch a festival of Olympic-themed events for youngsters in the run up to the Games.

Students at Kirk Hallam Community, Technology and Sports College (pictured) released 100 balloons to mark 100 days to go until the Games begin.

The balloons were the colours of Great Britain, India - the team that the school will be supporting in the Paralympics after the country was nominated by staff - and Japan.

The school has existing links with Japan through student exchanges, events and activities.

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, said it was the beginning of an exciting term of activities in the run up to the Olympics.

She said: “We want to get as many young people as possible involved and celebrating the upcoming Games with lots of competitions and events, including our own torch relays and Olympic mascot visits.”

On the same day as the balloon launch, riders taking part in a 100-mile cycle relay across Derbyshire to mark 100 days to go to the Olympics made their first stop at Brackenfield School in Long Eaton.

Pupils at the school decorated t-shirts with an Olympic theme which they wore when the cyclists, carrying a torch designed by students, arrived.

The relay began at Pride Park Stadium in Derby and took place over three days before ending at Westfield in the city.

After meeting the cyclists, youngsters from Brackenfield School then took turns to cycle around the playground on specialist bikes and scooters. Children at each stop-off point cycled and accumulated miles towards a grand total.

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