Lochaber High School, Camaghael, Fort William, Inverness-shire. PH33 7ND Tel. 01397 702512
Lochaber High School has taken part in the Big Pedal for the second year in a row. The National initiative organised annually by Sustrans sees primary and secondary schools from across the UK encouraging pupils and teachers to cycle to school. During the 2 weeks of the Big Pedal, between 50 and 60 pupils and staff were using their bikes to get to LHS – a huge increase on the usual 20-25 people who regularly cycle.
Compared to last year’s event, there was an increase of almost 20% of participants across the 2 weeks, with more cyclists every day than last year. The generous prize donations from many local businesses helped to provide encouragement and incentive to the pupils to get cycling to school. First prize was a brand new mountain bike donated by Nevis Cycles. Ronnie Fulford, who cycled almost every day from Glenloy won this brilliant prize. Liberty Aluminium donated an iPad, which was won by Rianne Gilchrist who cycles every day, all year! Also donating prizes were Off Beat Bikes, The Tavern, Nevis Range, Scotrail, Corrour Station Restaurant, Sammy’s, The Wildcat, The Highland Bookshop, 3 Wise Monkey’s Climbing, The Granite House, Cotswold Outdoor and Sustrans .
A huge well done must go to the LHS Parent Council for pulling all the prizes together and providing a warm welcome to the cyclists each morning, to Developing the Young Workforce for support with marketing and advertising, to No Fuss Events for the loan of the extra bike racks and to High Life Highland for assisting with event logistics and to all the teachers and staff who encouraged participation.