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for active travel. Only about 2-3% of UK children cycle to school compared to 49% of all Dutch primary school children. Last year, more than 1,500 schools


signed up to take part and teachers, parents, siblings and pupils made more than a million journeys (1,179,900) to school on their bikes and scooters. The Big Pedal 2017 is open to


individual classes as well as whole schools, with hundreds of thousands of pupils expected to take part. Ben Merry, Behaviour Change


Olympic gold medallist cyclist Joanna Rowsell Shand: Supporting The Big Pedal for the second year running SCHOOLS across Wales are


being invited to get involved in The Big Pedal 2017 - a national challenge to get more young people cycling and scooting to school, backed by two times Olympic gold medallist cyclist Joanna Rowsell Shand. The Big Pedal 2017, which runs


from Monday, March 20 to Friday, March 31, will see pupils, teachers and parents across the UK leave their cars at home and get on their bikes and scooters for their journeys to and from school.


Powered by national walking and


cycling charity Sustrans and funded by the Bicycle Association on behalf of the cycle industry through its Bike Hub scheme, The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest competition of its kind. During the 10 days, participating


schools will compete with one another to make the most journeys by bike or scooter. This year’s theme is ‘Around the


world in 10 days’, with pupils tracking their progress on a map of the world, learning about the countries and cities they pass through on their way.


Coordinator for Education at Sustrans, said: “The average primary school journey is just 1.6 miles – the perfect distance to walk or cycle. “The Big Pedal is fun, inclusive


Joanna Rowsell Shand is


supporting The Big Pedal for the second year running. One of the best British cyclists of


her generation, Joanna has won five world titles across individual and team events and gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. She said: “Cycling is great for


young people’s health, confidence and independence. The safer and more comfortable they feel on their bikes, the more they will enjoy cycling. “The Big Pedal campaign is a


fantastic way for kids to cycle together whilst learning about the rules of the road in a fun, engaging way. I hope this year as many schools as possible will take part in the UK’s largest school cycling and scooting event.” The proportion of children


walking and cycling to school has been declining since 1995, with the number being driven to primary school increasing each year. As many as one in four cars on the road during the morning peak are on the school run. Children in the UK now lag far behind their peers in other nations


and it helps schools to encourage whole families to lead more active lives, as well as reducing car traffic and pollution around the school gates. “Although the competition runs


for two weeks, it has a lasting effect on the way that the school community travel to school; last year, 75% of schools that took part in the Big Pedal said pupils continued to cycle and scoot to school following the event.” For schools unable to take part in


the main challenge, there is also a one- day version, which can include cycling and scooting activities in the school day as well as on the journey to school. To celebrate the finale of the


challenge, there is also the option to join Sustrans’ superhero fundraising day.


All schools will be entered


into daily prize draws for rewards, including bike and BMX stunt shows, and equipment if more than 15% of a school cycle or scoot on each day of the challenge. Ask your child’s school to sign


up to The Big Pedal 2017. For more information, visit www.bigpedal.org. uk.


Steffan Richards (High Sponsor): Presenting the cheque for £2,815 to Tegan and Shaylyn Mason, representing The CRY Dean Mason Memorial Fund


THE 2016 Celtic Charity


Classic Tour’s organisers and many participants met up recently at The Snooty Fox, near Narberth, for a fun treasure hunt, followed by a cheque presentation from the tour to their nominated charity. 2016 was the Celtic Charity


Classic Tour‘s third year and has again proved to have been a great success, with over 80 participants in nearly 40 classic cars from all parts of West Wales, as well as from further afield, setting off from Pembrokeshire back in April for a lovely four-day stop at Dungarvan, County Waterford. The tour party consisted of cars


covering many decades of motoring, as well as more modern classics that were a great sight in front of the S4C cameras, with many Welsh and Pembrokeshire flags proudly displayed from them as they left Fishguard port to head for the Emerald Isle. After a free day on the Friday,


on the Saturday, participants were taken on a lovely scenic drive, which included a museum stop and trip on an old car ferry by the Wexford Sports and Classic Car Club, who again had proved to be superb hosts, as in previous tours. The Sunday saw the party head


to a meet up with more great friends from previous tours and the Kilkenny


around


Motor Club, who had again arranged a great welcome for a much enjoyed car display at the stunning Kilkenny Castle. After another free day on the


Monday, the tour headed back to Rosslare to catch the late evening ferry back home to Wales, with everyone having enjoyed a great tour where friends were made on both sides of the Irish Sea and £5,630 was raised in the process, to be shared between their two charities, The Celtic Classic Charity Tour


has raised nearly £15,000 for charity in the past three years. The Celtic Classic were


previously also delighted to announce that they were asked to arrange the North Pembrokeshire Run on Saturday, June 4, 2016 to coincide with Pembrokeshire Classic Car Club’s renowned Scolton’s Classic at the manor show on the Sunday, with support from Refreshing North Pembrokeshire and Stenna Line Ferries. Celtic Classic said that it was great to welcome over 30 Irish cars back to Wales to try and repay some of the amazing hospitality their tour receives in Ireland every year. Anyone interested in participating


in this year’s Celtic Classic Charity Tour, from April 20-25, can contact Norman on 07969313892 or email classiccarrallies@yahoo.co.uk.


Pembrokeshire libraries support Dry January LIBRARIES


Pembrokeshire have shown their support for a nationwide campaign which looks to promote giving up alcohol in January. Dry January, run by national charity


Alcohol Concern, encourages people to go without alcohol throughout January and in doing so promotes the benefits of cutting back on alcohol consumption. Throughout January, Marc Mordey


of Alcohol Concern will be visiting several Pembrokeshire libraries to offer advice and support to anyone looking to cut back on their alcohol intake. Additionally, libraries in Fishguard


and Tenby will be hosting a dedicated display of books related to alcohol consumption which will be circulated to other libraries in Pembrokeshire throughout 2017. Andrew Misell of Alcohol Concern said: “Libraries are great places to get


information and get involved in your community. They are already alcohol– free social hubs, so it’s only natural that Pembrokeshire libraries are turning themselves into Dry January hubs for a month.” The first Dry January event took


place in Haverfordwest on Tuesday (Jan 10). Further events will be held at Pembroke Dock Library on Thursday (Jan 19) (1–4pm) and Fishguard Library on January 31 (10.30am–1.30pm). Anyone wishing to find out more


about Dry January can visit www. alcoholconcern.org.uk/dry-january. Those who don’t have internet access can also use free internet services at all Pembrokeshire libraries. For more information on Dry


January events at local libraries, please contact Laura Evans on 01437 776639 or email laura.evans@pembrokeshire. gov.uk.


THE HERALD FRIDAY JANUARY 13 2017


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Sustrans’ ‘wheely big’ school challenge Celtic Charity Classic Tour celebrates success


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