MORE than 250 pupils at Melksham's Manor School have well and truly got into the Olympic spirit, literally going the extra mile as part of the Big Pledge.

The Wiltshire Council run challenge, which ends on Friday, gives participants the task of completing up to 20 stages and take a virtual journey around the world.

For the Olympic themed event, 254 school kids have been walking a kilometre a day at the start of their school day, for three days a week.

Although the challenge ends this week, the pupils at the school, who have been learning about the Olympics since Easter, are keen to continue doing this well after it comes to a close.

Headteacher of the Manor School, Kerry Haines, said: “The children have all thoroughly enjoyed the big walk and importantly have not seen it as an activity or lesson, it is more of an experience.

"It is definitely something we are considering continuing next academic year.”

As well as walking, the children also logged any additional activities they took part in during school time and outside of school. Each class has been tracking its progress on a central chart at the school.