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British Triathlon visit NWA

On Thursday 9 March, British Triathlon came into Neale-Wade Academy and delivered a ‘Space to Earth’ challenge to years 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13 students

British Triathlon- Earth to Space Challenge

Alongside our students at Neale-Wade academy, year 4 and 5 students from Burrowmoor Primary School also attended. Over 300 students participated in the run-bike-run challenge, which was set by Tim Peake himself, as he completed an 86-day working mission on the International Space Station. Tim Peake provided an informative guide on how, and why, he applied triathlon training, whilst working in space. Our students’ mission was to collaborate together in their year groups and travel to space through running and cycling. Their target was to complete 400km for each year group. Here are the results from their space to earth challenge, from their 45 minute session:

Year 7                                                                309 km

Year 8                                                                222 km

Year 9                                                                333 km

Year 10 & sixth form students                    322 km

Burrowmoor Primary school Year 4 & 5   340 km  

The total distance Neale-Wade Academy and Burrowmoor students travelled was a fantastic 1526km. All the children that participated in the event tried their hardest, even when their mind was staying stop. They kept smiling throughout the day, whilst encouraging their peers to keep going. It was an excellent physical challenge and showed how determined our students were to achieve.

Many students have shown an interest in joining a Triathlon club since participating in the event. Here are local clubs in Cambridgeshire:

BRJ Run and Tri club - Huntingdon -

Cambridge Triathlon Club – Cambridge- 

PACTRAC Junior Tri Club – Peterborough & Oundle -

British Triathlon staff were complementary on how polite, hardworking and motivated our students were to succeed on the day. They said “we had an amazing day delivering the Earth to Space challenge. The students were a credit to the academy.”

Well done to all students who participated!

Miss Bywater