Youngsters sign up for South Yorkshire Olympic baton challenge

OLYMPIC CHALLENGERS: (from left) Councillor Barry Lewis, Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Young People, with Richie Broomhead, 17, of Rotherham.

OLYMPIC CHALLENGERS: (from left) Councillor Barry Lewis, Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Young People, with Richie Broomhead, 17, of Rotherham.

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YOUNGSTERS are being invited to get involved in the Olympic action by helping to carry a special baton from London to Derbyshire.

Young people of all ages and abilities can take part in the Derbyshire Baton Challenge along a 205-mile route from the Olympic Stadium.

The journey will begin on Sunday, July 22, and will end at County Hall, Matlock, on Friday, July 27, in time for the opening ceremony.

Volunteers can run jog, skateboard, kayak, wheelchair, canoe or use any other means to travel as part of the challenge, organised by Derbyshire County Council.

Derbyshire schools and children in care have been invited to get involved and more than 190 youngsters and families, sports clubs and disability groups have signed up.

Coun Barry Lewis, Cabinet member for young people, said: “This is a great opportunity for us to bring the excitement and challenge of the Olympic Games to inspire young people in Derbyshire as part of the celebrations taking place in the county.

“We want to give youngsters the chance to come together to create amazing memories and get active to mark this momentous occasion.”

The route will use pathways, parks, bridleways and canal towpaths during the journey, which will climb and fall over 10,000 feet during the 205 miles.

Young people can choose their own mode of transport and a distance to travel.

They can also raise cash for national charity Sport Relief.