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Pupils triumph in Inverurie Academy's active challenge

By Kyle Ritchie

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A challenge which saw Inverurie Academy pupils and staff get active over the Easter holidays has seen the students come out on top.

The school's PE department set the activity with the aim of participants to reach the same distance it would take to get to the Aberdeenshire community's twinned town in France, Bagnères-de-Bigorre, and back during the two weeks, with the total being 2672 miles.

A competition was set up between the pupils and staff and the miles could be completed by either walking, running or cycling.

The pupils managed to cover 4168.8 miles while the staff's total was 2935 miles.

Inverurie Academy PE teacher Ryan Ramsay with the active challenge winners.
Inverurie Academy PE teacher Ryan Ramsay with the active challenge winners.

PE teacher Ryan Ramsay said: "We thought it would be a great way for everyone to spend some time outdoors during the break.

"It’s safe to say that the pupils showed up in their numbers and achieved a massive total.

"Incredibly the pupils completed the trip three times.

"It was a great effort from everybody that participated and hope they enjoyed getting active."

The challenge was set from Saturday, April 3 and lasted until Sunday, April 18.

Each participant recorded the miles they either walked, ran or cycled and they were added to the respective totals.

Every pupil who took part was entered into a draw to win Amazon vouchers.

A presentation was held at the school where the winners received their prizes.

The winners were Isla (S1), Ellen (S1), Layton (S3), Robert (S3) and Dean (S4).

Earlier in the year an Aberdeenshire schools distance challenge was held with pupils clocking up miles by walking, running and cycling.

The schools that took part were Aboyne, Alford, Banff, Fraserburgh, Kemnay, Inverurie, Mackie, Peterhead, Turriff and Westhill.

Inverurie was the winning school with 3589 miles, followed by Alford in second with 3057 miles and third place went to Westhill with 2383 miles.

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