With only weeks to go until the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the UK’s biggest free-to-attend sporting event, returns to the county, a Nottinghamshire County Council competition is helping whet the appetite for the race among local school children.

After youngsters across the county were set a ‘eat like an athlete’ challenge by the County Council, Radcliffe Junior pupil Sophie Baker, 8, has been named the winner for her imaginative three-course menu.

The county’s schools will be invited to serve up Sophie’s winning menu on Friday 7 September – on the eve of the Tour of Britain coming to Nottinghamshire on Saturday 8 September – as part of a special themed day menu.

The cycle race will pass some of the county’s most impressive landmarks and countryside as well as dozens of towns and villages along the 215.6-kilometre route – the longest stage this year.

Sophie, who is keen to become a triathlete, had the chance to meet a local world champion triathlete, Sophie Coldwell, as part of her prize.

Coldwell, who won gold in both the ITU Triathlon World Cup in Hungary and the Triathlon European Championships in Estonia  last month, met with Sophie and her classmates and spoke to them about what it is like to be a world champion and what she eats to train and perform as well as praising the youngster for winning the competition.

World and European Champion Sophie, who grew up in Keyworth, said: “I was very impressed with what these eight-year olds knew about nutrition. Sophie has come up with a great menu which includes a venison burger served on a wholemeal roll with a varied salad selection. I would definitely eat it!”

Radcliffe Junior pupil Sophie, added: “I put the menu together by thinking about what food was nutritious. I’m very happy that my menu will be eaten by other children. I’ve really enjoyed meeting Sophie as she has inspired me even more to join a triathlon club.”

Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire Council County, said: “Congratulations to Sophie for coming up with such a well thought-out menu. 
 
“After winning the Council County competition, Sophie had the chance to meet a world-class, home-grown athlete to make the experience even more special.

“I hope every school across Nottinghamshire takes part in the Tour of Britain themed menu day and serves up Sophie’s creation. 

“This competition will help celebrate this superb sporting spectacle coming through Nottinghamshire on Saturday 8 September so I’m sure Radcliffe Junior pupils and their families will be coming along on the day to cheer on the riders as it passes through the village and have a wonderful day out.” 

Sophie’s mum, Susi Baker, added: “We’re so proud of Sophie. She loves sports and wants to join a triathlon club so it’s great she has met a world-class triathlete to help inspire her. She had a lovely experience.”

“We’re all looking forward to watching the Tour of Britain coming to Nottinghamshire on the day itself.”