Children up and down the country are taking on the Space to Earth challenge with the Triathlon Trust, as part of an exciting programme of events supported by the UK Space Agency.
British astronaut Tim Peake, who has been on the International Space Station (ISS) since December, has to exercise in space for 2 hours every day to counteract the effects of living and working in a microgravity environment. Tim wants to inspire the school children of Britain to get active too, so he has set a challenge to swim, bike, spacehop, climb or dance the equivalent distance from Earth to the ISS of 400km and train with him while he is in space.
The Triathlon Trust team have travelled from Swansea to Teeside, and from Corby to Essex, challenging children in both primary and secondary schools join forces to swim, bike and run the challenge at thirteen Space to Earth mini-tri and duathlon events. The events can be completed indoors, or as the weather has warmed up, we’ve also been able to move outdoors.
The challenge has captured the imagination of the children that have taken part and is inspiring them to get more active. We were even delighted to receive a phone call from Tim Peake from the ISS saying that he has been following our events on Twitter and we look like we are having so much fun…and that he is missing out!
I loved it – best PE lesson ever!
See what one school had to say about their Space to Earth challenge here>>
There’s still time to take part – if you are based in or around Nottingham sign up to the FREE Space to Earth mini-triathlon on Tuesday 5th July 2016 at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham. Click here more information and to book as a school or individual.
Tim Peake is due to return to Earth on Saturday 18th June. To find out more about the Space to Earth challenge visit: www.spacetoearthchallenge.org.uk