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UCLan welcomes Team Blue Peter for Sport Relief race

05 March 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Blue Peter move up a gear for latest challenge  

Three Blue Peter presenters have visited the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) for their latest Sport Relief challenge.

Presenters Radzi Chinyanganya, Barney Harwood and Lindsey Russell took each other on in a test of ingenuity and agility as they hopped on some very special home-made bikes and went head to head in a three mile race at UCLan Sports Arena’s 1.5km cycle track.

Each presenter was given a brief to build a recumbent bike ready to race in Preston. They then assisted experts from the Human Powered Association to create the bikes and were given some tips by a number of industry insiders. As a result Barney zipped along on a two-wheeled vehicle, Radzi sped to the finish with a three-wheeler and Lindsey flew down the track on a four-wheeled wonder.

Pupils from nearby Ingol Community Primary School were on-hand to support the Blue Peter team.

"Today's Sport Relief challenge was epic. It was amazing fun creating our own vehicles and I might even replace my bike with my Sport Relief creation next time I want to go to the shops."

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Blue Peter presenter Barney said: "Today's Sport Relief challenge was epic. It was amazing fun creating our own vehicles and I might even replace my bike with my Sport Relief creation next time I want to go to the shops.

“It was rather chilly out on the track today so we just want to give a special thank you to the incredible kids at Ingol Community Primary School who came down to cheer us on. It was fantastic to have their support and it did make me peddle faster. Things got really competitive as I raced to the finish line against Lindsey and Radzi, but you'll have to tune in to Blue Peter on Thursday to see who was crowned the champion!"

Sean Bailey, an 11-year-old pupil, said: “I really like Radzi’s bike the most. At school we’re planning to raise money for Sports Relief by organising a sponsored run around the playground. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Supporter 8-year-old Angel Quinn commented: “I love Blue Peter so it’s really exciting to come here to cheer on the presenters. Lindsey’s pink bike is my favourite especially as it has sparkly diamantes stuck to it.”

“We’re delighted to host the Blue Peter team for their latest challenge and be able to share it with local schoolchildren to inspire them through Sport Relief.”

 

 

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UCLan Academic Director of Sport Dr Adrian Ibbetson welcomed the Blue Peter team to UCLan. He said: “Although UCLan Sports Arena provides a high quality environment for academic practical activity and recreational and competitive sport for our students, it also plays a significant role in terms of community sport.

“We’re delighted to host the Blue Peter team for their latest challenge and be able to share it with local schoolchildren to inspire them through Sport Relief.”

The cycle race is the second instalment of three epic challenges Team Blue Peter have taken on in support of Sport Relief. Last week Radzi made waves in a chilly Lake Windermere swim and the presenters are also set to take on a running based challenge tomorrow in Birmingham.

The first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games take place from Friday 21 to Sunday 23rd March. It’s warming up to be one unmissable weekend with three massive fundraising events to choose from – the Mile, the Swimathon and the Cycle. Local events can be found at sportrelief.com.

UCLan’s £12 million Sports Arena provides facilities for athletics, rugby league, rugby union, football, hockey, netball, tennis and cycling. There are also seven floodlit training grids, a 19 station fitness suite and an indoor room for activities, theory sessions and fitness training.