A County Council school meal competition is helping celebrate the eagerly-awaited OVO Energy Tour of Britain, which returns to Nottinghamshire tomorrow ( Saturday 8 September).

Hundreds of school children along the race route enjoyed a Tour of Britain-inspired lunch on the eve of the international event which starts at West Bridgford and finishes in Mansfield.

The ‘eat like an athlete’ challenge was set by the County Council earlier this summer with Radcliffe Junior pupil Sophie Baker, 8, named the winner for her imaginative menu, including a protein-packed venison burger served on a wholemeal roll with a varied salad selection.

Joining Sophie and her classmates for a school lunch today (Friday) were Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire Council County and Councillor John Cottee, Communities and Place committee chairman.

Councillor Kay Cutts said: “Congratulations to Sophie for coming up with such a well thought-out and delicious menu.

“This themed menu really helps celebrate this superb sporting spectacle coming through Nottinghamshire tomorrow. I’m delighted that many schools along the race route have taken part.

“It’s been wonderful to hear how much the children are all looking forward to the riders coming to Nottinghamshire and are planning on wearing their robin hood hats, waving their flags and cheering on the riders as it passes through the village.

“I hope everyone has a wonderful day out.”

Radcliffe Juniors pupil Sophie, added: “I put the menu together by thinking about what food was nutritious. I’m very happy that my menu is being enjoyed today by everyone – as well as at other schools too!”

Headteacher Clare Allsop said: “It’s fantastic that Sophie won this competition, particularly because we do a lot of work around healthy eating at Radcliffe Juniors.

“It’s a golden age for cycling in this country so to have the Tour of Britain happening right on our doorstep is incredible. The children here are really excited about it.”

Sophie’s mum, Susi Baker, added: “We’re so proud of Sophie. We’re all looking forward to watching the Tour of Britain coming to Nottinghamshire tomorrow.”

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.

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

World and European Champion Sophie, who grew up in Keyworth, where one of the stage’s SKODA King of the Mountains climbs is situated, said: “I was very impressed with what these eight-year olds knew about nutrition. Sophie came up with a great menu,  I would definitely eat it. I wish I could have been there to join Sophie and her classmates today.”