Fun and fitness has cycle fans in a spin
9:17pm Friday 10th June 2011 in Tenby & Saundersfoot
THE sun shone, the wind and rain held off, the bells rang and the wheels spun as an enormous band of keen and energetic children and adults set off on the fourth Tour de Tenby.
Tenby Junior, Tenby Infant and Greenhill Comprehensive schools – and the roads around themwere hives of activity as pupils, staff, parents, friends and members of Tenby Aces Club took to the roads for an afternoon of fun and fitness.
The event has now become well-embedded in Tenby’s calendar and promotes a focus on the environmental and health advantages of cycling to school, rather than using Co2 emitting vehicles each day.
The mayor of Tenby, Councillor Trevor Hallett, was on hand to wish everyone well and Pembrokeshire County Council cabinet member, Councillor Huw George, also offered words of encouragement before the cyclists set off.
First away were more than 200 riders who undertook route one, which was into Tudor Square via Narberth Road, down to the Golf Club, through Kiln Park and a return to school along Marsh Road.
Around 100 rather more sedate cyclists, including 50 year two pupils from Tenby Infants School, had a great time completing a route between the three schools before following a large track set up on the playing fields.
Refreshments were prepared and served by parents.
The detailed planning and co-ordination ensured that the event was highly successful and a superb example of co-operation and efficiency from all parties involved.
Everyone taking part agreed that great enjoyment and satisfaction had been experienced by all who participated.
Preparation for next year’s event has already started.