SCHOOLS along the Esk Valley got into the Olympic spirit with their own torch relay on Monday.
Using an actual Olympic torch, lent by bearer Louise Hegarty, the seven schools in the Esk Valley learning network took part in the run in anticipation of their own Esk Valley Olympics, which takes place on 5 July.
This event is being held at the Moors Centre in Danby and will see pupils from Egton, St Hedda’s, Glaisdale, Lealholm, Castleton and Danby schools compete against each other.
The Esk Valley torch relay coincided with World Sports Day and Leanne Evans, a teacher at St Hedda’s School, said: “The idea is to link the community by using the torch.
“It’s also to build the excitement and to get the children aware of what we are doing, to make the Olympics a big deal for them.”
The torch relay began in Goathland, where Olympic ambassador Emily Thompson carried the torch to Beckhole. She passed the torch to Maia Hall who carried the torch to Grosmont, and passed it on to Egton and St Hedda’s pupils. They carried the torch along the old toll road to Egton Bridge, where the torch was then transported to Glaisdale. Children from that primary school ran with the torch to Lealholm, where they passed it on to pupils from that village. They then carried it to Danby where they met Danby pupils, who then passed it on to children from Castleton School.
The Esk Valley Olympics will commence with an official opening ceremoney, conducted by Olympic gold medallist Danny Nightingale and all are invited to go along and cheer on the participants.