Ottery Primary pupils' pedal power shines through at hill climb

Children get ready for the climb

Children get ready for the climb - Credit: Ottery Primary School/David Goldthorpe

The Third Annual Ottery Primary School Hill Climb returned over two days having been postponed last autumn. 

It was held over Thursday, April 29, and Friday, April 30, to enable the school to follow Covid-19 procedures and saw 55 smiling children, aged four to eleven years old, tackle the dreaded hill on their bicycles.

All set for the hill climb

All set for the hill climb - Credit: David Goldthorpe

Smiling through adversity, they peddled 'their hearts out' and, with the occasional push from their parents, everyone made it to the top. 

Race organiser David Goldthorpe said the school's motto of ‘Push Yourself and Have a Go’ shone through. 

The school PTA donated water bottles as prizes

The school PTA donated water bottles as prizes - Credit: Ottery Primary School/David Goldthorpe

This year’s best hat was a close call but ended as a tie between Adalyn and Evie. The most professional was Sam. The winning time was by Will in 19.42seconds and top girl was Annabelle with a time of 25.45seconds. 

Saddleback of Bristol donated caps as prizes for the hill climb

Saddleback of Bristol donated caps as prizes for the hill climb - Credit: David Goldthorpe

David thanked the parents and teachers who helped the event run smoothly and Miss P for her continued help and support. 

Powering up the mighty hill

Powering up the mighty hill - Credit: Ottery Primary School/David Goldthorpe

Thanks also went to the school PTA and Richard Mardle and George Gori from Saddleback in Bristol for their unconditional support of the event. Thanks to their generosity 
every child who took part in the climb received a prize.

The dreaded hill runs from the school field up to the playground

The dreaded hill runs from the school field up to the playground - Credit: Ottery Primary School/David Goldthorpe

David added: "But most of all, thank you to the wonderful children who made this event so special. Well done everyone. See you next year."

Saddleback of Bristol donated caps as prizes for the hill climb

Saddleback of Bristol donated caps as prizes for the hill climb - Credit: David Goldthorpe


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