Schoolchildren in Sunderland have been inspired to lead healthy and active lifestyles ahead of the return of the Tour Series cycling event in the city next month.

Pupils at the Dame Dorothy Primary School were visited by Team Boompods rider Hannah Farran as the return of Britain’s leading cycle race series to the North East city on Tuesday 10 May draws ever closer.

Farran met with schoolchildren during her visit on Tuesday (26 April), spoke about the benefits of active transport and detailed what it takes to compete in the televised series.

Team Boompods are one of 13 women’s squads who will be racing in Sunderland during the third round of this year’s series in May. Based in the North East, they finished fifth overall in the unique team-based event and will look to impress in front of a likely partisan crowd around Mowbray Park.

Photo: Professional rider Hannah Farran (centre), joint manager of all-women racing team Team Boompods, meets youngsters from Dame Dorothy Primary School in Sunderland, alongside headteacher Iain Williamson (left), Sunderland City Council representative David Purvis and Change For Life’s Olivia Pike (right).


Iain Williamson, Dame Dorothy Primary School head teacher, said: “The children and staff at Dame Dorothy Primary school are delighted to be promoting the upcoming Tour Series round in Sunderland. As a school community we place great importance in daily physical activity for every child.

“All children take part in our daily walk, jog, run for at least 10 minutes a day, which is supplemented with a weekly running club where children are running for two kilometres. We also have our lunchtime leaders organising games for the younger children, plus a plethora of extended school clubs and competitions which promote an active lifestyle. The opportunity to have Hannah Farran visit our school to promote the series was a great way to motivate and inspire our young people to take up new sports and get fit.”

Hannah Farran, Team Boompods manager and rider, said: “It’s fantastic to see that Sunderland will be hosting a round of the Tour Series for a second consecutive year. As a local team we are always excited to race at a home round and we are looking forward to some fast and furious racing on Tuesday 10 May.”

Patrick Melia, Chief Executive of Sunderland City Council, said: “We’re really excited to be welcoming the Tour Series back to Sunderland. It’s a huge coup to have the UK’s most prestigious televised domestic cycling series visiting our city for a second year running.

“It was brilliant that Hannah Farran was able to take time out of her busy schedule to visit Dame Dorothy Primary School this week and spend time with the children there. We very much hope that watching elite cyclists like Hannah will inspire people to take to their bikes as part of our swim bike run activities over the next few years.

“The sight of Britain’s leading men’s and women’s teams battling it out for glory on the roads around Mowbray Park on Tuesday 10 May promises to be an amazing spectacle, which lots of people will be delighted to see return and I’m sure there will be a very warm Sunderland welcome.”

About the Sunderland round

The Tour Series offers family-friendly fun all for free, with the professional racing getting underway in Sunderland at 5:30pm with the men’s event. The women’s race follows at 7:30pm; both last for one hour and will be followed by podium ceremonies in the heart of Mowbray Park.

It is just one of a number of high-profile events taking place in the city in 2022. The British Triathlon Super Series Grand Final is being held in Sunderland for the first time this summer (20 and 21 August) before the Tour of Britain, the UK’s most prestigious cycle race, visits on Tuesday 6 September.

The Sunderland round will be live streamed on; highlights of both men’s and women’s race follow on ITV4 on Wednesday 11 May.