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Students Marshal Women’s Cycling Tour 2015


UPS students Corby web

On Friday 19th June, Kettering, Corby and surrounding towns and villages hosted stage 3 of the Aviva Women’s Cycling Tour 2015. A prestigious event which saw some of the world’s best female cyclists compete in a five stage competition.


Crowds of people turned up at the starting point in Oundle, along the route and then for the finish line in Kettering to cheer on the cyclists throughout their 86 mile race.

UPS students Kett finsih line

Around 50 Uniformed Public Services students from the college’s Corby and Kettering campuses volunteered to marshal at the event which passed through Corby and finished in Kettering using the skills they have learnt as part of the BTEC Level 2 and 3 courses to add to their CVs and work experience ready for progressing into employment. The students assisted with parking, giving directions and crowd management along the route.


Clive Skingsley, Uniformed Public Services Lecturer at Tresham said
“Opportunities like this are really important for our students as it gives real work experience. The women’s cycling tour has been the first time our first year students have worked an event and it is a pre-cursor for what is expected for their second year where we are involved with regular management of events including most recently the Christmas light switch on, Boughton House firework display,  East Carlton Park’s Fright Night, Corby Firework display and the high profile Olympic Torch Relay and the Queen’s visit to Corby.”

Crossing the finish line in first place was Christine Majerus from Luxembourg, closely followed by Italian cyclist Barbara Guarischi and coming in third and fourth were our very own Great Britain cyclists Lucy Garner and Hannah Barnes.

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