YOUNGSTERS got an adrenaline rush when they took to the BMX track.
Groundwork North East organised the thrill-inducing events as a reward for those who took part in a youth programme over the half-term holiday.
The charity was brought in to help beat vandalism in the area around Houghton Skate Park, and has run a variety of clean-up and community gardening activities.
As well as clearing and planting sessions in a community garden, youngsters were drafted in to take part in a litter pick at the skate park – before being let loose to rip round the jumps on the course.
Alyson Spencer, a senior youth worker at Groundwork, said: “The young people are really excited about the project and our sessions always have great attendance.
“We are also getting good feedback from local agencies who welcome our work here.”
She added: “The first competition was a great success with more than 76 young people in attendance and included activities using tyres, chains and handlebar grips, with prizes very kindly donated by Strawberry Cycles of Peterlee.”
Neighbourhood Beat Manager Steve Pritchard was at the garden clean-up, and said it was “great to see young people working as a team to the benefit of their area.”