It was ice creams all round for pupils in Killian Lomas’ class at Nether Green Junior School .... and the teacher was more than happy to pay out.
The 42-year-old promised the children a treat if he won a medal at the World Masters (over 40) Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships in Sweden.
In a sport that requires the competitor to navigate and ride at speed, making quick route choice decisions, Killian earned his place in the mixed team after winning last month’s British Championships at senior level.
The team competed in three races, middle (about one hour), long (90 minutes) and sprint (30 minutes) all on consecutive days and Killian came through to take a bronze medal in the long event. He was far from disgraced in the other two races, with sixth place in the middle category and fifth in the sprint.
Killian said: “It was very challenging but I went out there hoping for top 10 placings, so I’m delighted with the results I achieved, especially against such strong competition. It’s certainly worth buying ice creams for the class!”