British astronaut Tim Peake offered his support to students who took part in a cycling mission that was out of this world.
Thirty-two St John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy students were sponsored to cycle a combined total of 250 miles, or 1,600 laps of the Velodrome at Derby Arena, which is the equivalent distance to the International Space Centre where Tim is based.
He retweeted a tweet about the challenge by academy governor Lorna Taylor and added this message of support: “Good luck on your cycling adventure, teamwork and dedication go a long way.”
Lorna, who helped to organise the event, said she was thrilled that Tim had backed the students.
She said: “It was absolutely brilliant get a message from Tim Peake and it certainly spurred all the students and staff on.
“It was fantastic to see so many smiles, encouragement and teamwork amongst the students.
“Despite the hard work and shaking legs, they all want to ride at the Velodrome again. It’s a real privilege to have such a facility on our doorstep and we’ll definitely be using it again as a school. I’d encourage others to do the same too.
“We’re grateful to everyone who’s supported us and especially our students whose behaviour and effort were exemplary.”
All of the sponsorship money raised by the students who took part will go towards improving facilities at the academy in Kirk Hallam.