Grand finale for challenge

CHAMPIONS: Councillor George Wharmby, Chairman of Derbyshire County Council, (front left) and Chairman's consort Councillor Jean Wharmby, (front right), and Councillor Barry Lewis, Cabinet Member for Young People, (right, second from front) celebrate with some of the challengers.
CHAMPIONS: Councillor George Wharmby, Chairman of Derbyshire County Council, (front left) and Chairman's consort Councillor Jean Wharmby, (front right), and Councillor Barry Lewis, Cabinet Member for Young People, (right, second from front) celebrate with some of the challengers.
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Sporting success has been enjoyed by hundreds of young people who got in on Olympic action when they took part in the Derbyshire Baton Challenge.

More than 500 proud youngsters and families carried five batons 212 miles through the country from London’s Olympic Stadium to Derbyshire.

Olympian silver medallist Phil Brown started the challenge − the first of its kind for Derbyshire − last month.

Young people could use any non-motorised form of travel along the path, which took in parks, bridleways, canal towpaths and back country lanes.

A celebration and presentation ceremony was hosted at the finish at Derbyshire County Council HQ in Matlock last Friday.

Cllr Andrew Lewer, chairman of Derbyshire County Council, said: “This is a momentous year for the country and it has been made extra special for Derbyshire’s youngsters, and their families, by bringing the excitement and challenge of the Olympic Games home to the county.

“I’m delighted we were able to take advantage of this historic year and get youngsters actively involved in sport.

“They have risen to the challenge wonderfully and can be proud of their tremendous achievement for the rest of their lives,” he added.

As part of the challenge, disabled youngsters enjoyed a special event at Carsington Water last Friday morning. Tae Kwando, archery, horse-riding and other activities were on offer.