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Children compete for golden boot

Medway children pounded the pavements for a month for the chance to win a golden boot.

Pupils across the borough took part in the national challenge to leave cars at home and walk to school for a month.

Burnt Oak Primary School, in Gillingham, was declared the winner of the Golden Boot Challenge in the region for the second year running, after an average of 91.1 per cent of its pupils walked to school. This result was six per cent higher than last year.

The national challenge encourages parents and children to walk, cycle or scoot for all or part of their journey to school. A total of 27 schools in Medway took part in the contest.

The winner of the infant school category was St Nicholas CEVC Infant School, Strood, the winner of the junior school category was Glencoe Junior School, Chatham, and the winner of the secondary school category was Greenacre School, Chatham. A special commendation went to Bishop of Rochester Academy, in Chatham.

Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s portfolio holder for front line services, said: “Well done to all the pupils, staff and parents that took part in this challenge. It’s encouraging to see that so many pupils walked to school. I hope they continue to do so even though the challenge is now complete.

“Walking to school is beneficial to everyone and great way to start the day.”

Presentations were made to the schools by Medway Council’s road safety team and certificates were sent to all of the schools that took part.

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