On Friday we held our 2018 Trike-a-Thon.

Finally the day had arrived, after a few weeks of anticipation and no doubt a lot of serious practicing.

In the morning the children eagerly decorated their bikes, scooters and ride-on’s in preparation for showing them off to family, friends and the Rangi Ruru ‘big girls’.

11 am rolled around and fortunately the rain had ‘mostly’ held off.  We headed down the school drive and into the beautiful rose garden walk.  We weren’t there to admire the amazing rose bushes though (not this time), we had work to do!

Helmets on, pedals checked, lap card attached and after a quick safety briefing from Linda, we were off.

Our path was mapped out and supporters stood on all sides, cheering us on.  Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, lots of the ‘big girls’ and their teachers, Dr Hastie (Sandra, to the Preschoolers!) and Reverend Kirstie all encouraging us and even lending a hand on some of the tight corners and long flats.

Craig Morrison was there again, snapping photos of the determined athletes.  Some of us even remembered to smile as we went past him.

Some of the ‘big girls’ helped our teachers to mark the laps on our laps cards.

Unfortunately the weather decided not to hold off and we had to cut the event short, although this didn’t stop several friends sneaking in a couple of extra laps after the final whistle was blown.

We have yet to do a full lap count, but the efforts of the children certainly deserved the huge applause they received from the slightly wet fans.

Thanks to everyone for turning out.  We really appreciate the amazing support we get from family and friends at events such as this.  Thanks to our school for having the perfect sized loop for us to use and all the wonderful support they give us.

Now it’s time to go back to your sponsors and collect their hard earned cash!

Finally a huge thanks to the confident, capable and determined children of Rangi Ruru Preschool.

Kei whea mai – Outstanding work.

Whakawhetai koe hoa – Thank you friends.


Just a few shots of friends – others will be in your learning journals.