Students from Compton School help Olympian Dani King open the Hockley Viaduct cycle route
Dateline Tuesday 26 February 2013.
At today’s official opening of National Cycle Network route 23 across the newly refurbished Hockley Viaduct, students from All Saints’ School, Compton were in the leading group, flanking Dani King, as they broke the red tape held by Winchester Mayor Frank Pearson and George Beckett, former leader of Winchester City Council.
Amongst those in the following pack were head teacher Allison Driver and District Councillor Mike Southgate, a former governor of the school..
Hampshire girl Dani, who won gold at the London Olympics, was just back from Minsk where she was part of the women’s team pursuit which retained the gold medal for Britain in the Track Cycling World Championships.
Dani took time out of her busy schedule to come to Compton and Shawford to open this new cycle route.
The link across the viaduct completes NCN23 which runs from Reading to Southampton via Basingstoke, Alresford, Winchester and Eastleigh., and on (via ferry) to the Isle of Wight from Cowes and Sandown via Newport.
More on this story and the background to it on these websites:
Cycling website of the year road.cc
The Daily Echo
h2g2 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Earth Edition UK National Cycle Route 23: Part 4 – Eastleigh to Alresford, Hampshire via Winchester