Westfield First School children in hike challenge

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CHILDREN hope they may be world record-breakers after taking part in a national walking challenge.

All of the youngsters at the Durrants Lane school went for a 500-metre walk around its grounds as part of the national event by Brake! children’s charity.

The 192 Berkhamsted pupils were among more than 100,000 nationally taking part for the charity’s Kids Say Slow Down campaign.

The aim of the annual ‘Giant Walking Bus’ was to raise awareness of road safety and encourage youngsters to walk to school for exercise and to help the environment.

Parents joined youngsters for the walk last month, which was adjudicated by Dacorum Borough councillors Anthony Armytage and accountant Philip Lazenby.

Berkhamsted Town councillor Laurence Handy also took part during the event, which was organised by the school’s travel plan coordinator Vicki Lewis.

Parent Becky Plenderleith said: “It was a lovely warm day and everyone enjoyed the walk.”

The school will find out later if Brake! won the world record for most number of children in a ‘walking bus’ at one time.