Crank­ing through school cor­ri­dors

The Leader (Nelson) - - FRONT PAGE - CARLY GOOCH * Cen­tral Crank, will be held on Septem­ber 17 with a post­pone­ment date of Septem­ber 24. Reg­is­tra­tion at 9.30am, start time 10.30am. En­try is $5.

It’s a lit­tle bit naughty but one Nel­son Cen­tral School an­nual event is mak­ing rid­ing bikes through school rooms cool.

The Cen­tral Crank mini moun­tain­bike event, run in con­junc­tion with the Nel­son Moun­tain Bike Club, is mak­ing tracks through the school for its se­cond year, and this time it’s upped the ante.

Par­tic­i­pants have the chance to ride through the cor­ri­dor, a class­room and down the front steps as part of a course through the school.

Other fea­tures on the course in­clude berms, a wave, steps and a spi­ral.

Cen­tral Crank or­gan­iser Belinda Crisp said last year’s event was well re­ceived and had 100 chil­dren wheel­ing around the grounds.

She said this year the course was open to new en­trants up to year 8 stu­dents with an adults race on kid’s bikes in­cluded.

One lap of the course ex­tends 900 me­tres for the bud­ding bik­ers with the laps in­creas­ing to three or four de­pend­ing on age.

Aim­ing to raise more than $1000, Crisp said she would like to get ‘‘at least 200 par­tic­i­pants’’.

She said the funds would go to­wards giv­ing all the year 3 and 4 stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to go on an up­com­ing school camp.

‘‘We def­i­nitely en­cour­age exNel­son Cen­tral pupils to come and have a go.’’

To add colour and ex­cite­ment into the day, dress up and cos­tume is an op­tional bonus, Crisp said.

‘‘There’s no theme, just come in a crazy hel­met or ... come as Su­per­man, what­ever you feel like be­ing.’’ ‘‘The em­pha­sis is on par­tic­i­pa­tion and just hav­ing fun.’’

MARTIN DE RUYTER

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