SCHOOLCHILDREN in Wearside have been putting their best feet forward as part of a campaign.
Pupils from St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy in Sunderland pounded the pavements to celebrate Go The Extra Mile Day.
The special one-day event was organised by Schools Go Smarter, a green and healthy travel initiative which urged children to ditch the lift off mum and dad and find healthier and more environmentally-friendly ways to get to and from school.
Secondary school pupils from all over Tyne and Wear joined in the challenge, which saw schools compete against each other to win a cash prize of £2,000.
Pupils shared photos of themselves cycling, walking and scooting to school via Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #GoTheExtraMile.
Commonwealth Games Team England marathon runner Alyson Dixon, who hails from Sunderland, launched Go the Extra Mile Day.
She put her support behind the initiative that aims to promote green and healthy ways to get to school, as well as supporting schools and businesses in relieving congestion on the roads by promoting sustainable travel.
Alyson said: “I’ve always enjoyed competing, and Go the Extra Mile Day is a fantastic way for schools to raise awareness of ways we can all make better choices about how we travel to and from school.” Another campaign aimed at adults, to encourage people to leave their car at home and cycle, walk and run to work, will be launched later this month.
For more information about the initiatives, visit www.gosmarter.co.uk.