Thomas Whitehead Primary School Pupil Wins Bike In Santa Challenge

From left to right: Jane Salter, class teacherEdrienne Skrabala, winner of the bike Derek Smulders, Bike It Officer

On Friday 17 March, Edrienne Skrabala, aged 11, was announced as the lucky winner of the Santa challenge held over Christmas.

Skrabala from Thomas Whitehead Primary School in Houghton Regis was presented with a brand new Frog bike for the amount of amazing journeys she covered during the Santa challenge.

The bike was presented at a special assembly by June Salter, class teacher and Derek Smulders, Bike It Officer. Skrabala was delighted with her prize saying: “I am so pleased to win this amazing bike.”

The very successful challenge saw over 10,000 children taking part across Central Bedfordshire to make a virtual trip to cover 2,000 miles and reach Lapland by foot, cycle or scooting.

The challenge organised by Central Bedfordshire Council in partnership with sustainable transport charity Sustrans, aims to encourage more people to get healthy through making journeys by foot, cycle or scooting while reducing congestion on the road and improving the environment.

Derek Smulders, Bike It Officer, said: “Many individual schools made it to Lapland and with all school journeys combined; we travelled twice around the world! Active travel – walking, cycling and scooting – can help keep us all warm, happy and safe. It can also do wonders for our health.

“The Santa Challenge has shown us that these travel modes can be simpler and easier for all of us. Everyone who took part in the Santa challenge were winners, as they got into the exercise habit as well as reducing congestion on local roads and outside schools during peak times.”

Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Health, said: "A big congratulations to Edrienne for doing so well in the Santa Challenge. It is increasing in popularity each year and it's great to know that so many children are excited about making journeys by foot, cycle or scooter.

“Travelling by foot, cycle or scooting, are great ways to stay fit and healthy while reducing your carbon footprint, so well done to everyone who took part and let’s carry on making more journeys using our own power.”