Youngsters pass baton

Cycling Success: The cyclists celebrate on the steps of County Hall in Matlock as they complete tthe Derbyshire Baton Challenge.
Cycling Success: The cyclists celebrate on the steps of County Hall in Matlock as they complete tthe Derbyshire Baton Challenge.

Hundreds of youngsters and families have achieved sporting excellence by taking part in a baton challenge.

More than 500 youngsters and families got into Olympic action by carrying five batons 212 miles through the country from the Olympic Stadium, London, to Derbyshire.

Olympian silver medallist Phil Brown started the challenge – the first of its kind for Derbyshire.

A celebration and presentation ceremony For the Derbyshire Baton Challenge was hosted at the finish at County Hall, Matlock, where Cllr George Wharmby, chairman of Derbyshire County Council and Cllr Barry Lewis, cabinet member for young people, accepted the baton handover.

The challengers completed sections of the sustainable transport route which covers pathways, parks, bridleways, and canal towpaths, climbing and falling over 10,000ft along the way.

More than £2,000 was raised for Sport Relief.