PUPILS at Meavy Primary School pedalled as fast as their legs could take them in a cycle event, which raised more than £700.

For the annual Meavy School Rockin Bike Ride, 60 children cycled two-mile laps of the Yelverton to Clearbrook cycle track aiming to cycle as far as they could in two hours.

Executive head teacher of the West Dartmoor Federation of Meavy and Lady Modiford’s primary schools Gavin Hamilton said: ‘Many of the younger children in reception have only just learned to cycle independently and amazed us all by cycling further than they ever had before — a fair number of them completing eight miles each. The older children were determined to cycle the furthest with four girls managing 20 miles each. Despite this drive to complete most laps, the spirit of the ride was incredible with pupils all supporting and helping each other, performing running repairs on lost chains and scuffed knees, older children guiding the little ones, all with smiles and good humour.

‘The 60 children in total cycled 480 miles and raised over £700 for the school. That total doesn’t include the poor parents who were running and riding in a desperate attempt to keep up. A huge thank you to Rockin Bikes in Yelverton for supporting the event.’

Meavy school is also hosting an event that it hopes all the primary school children in the area will come along to — the first ‘Meavy Madness’ off-road run on July 1.

For more details about the event and to download an entry form, visit the PTA Meavy page on www.westdartmoor.org.uk