Broadstairs Skip2bfit boss John McCormack puts the Speaker of the House through his paces

Skipper of the House!

Broadstairs business Skip2bfit met with the Speaker of the House John Bercow today (May 7) to introduce him to the Skip2bfit skipping challenge.

The two-minute skipping challenge has been tried out by MPs, including Labour’s Ed Balls, MEPs at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, and England winger Andros Townsend who clocked up 259 skips in the two minute timeframe.

Mr Bercow was keen to take part in the challenge and see how he compared to other MPs. The Speaker, who told national newspapers he must be impartial over Brexit despite voting Remain, did his challenge on a Europe mat and recorded 105 skips.

The event took place in Quainton Primary School, in Mr Bercow’s constituency.

John McCormack is the force behind Skip2bfit, skipping workshops using specially designed counting ropes to encourage fitness through fun and numeracy.

Skip2bfit, which launched in 2002, started in schools in Thanet, Kent, and has since swept the country – and further afield – not just in schools but also businesses, on-street demonstrations and through public health organisations such as Coventry City Council, Luton Council, Kent County Council and Bath Health Improvement.

John said: “We had everybody skipping today including the teachers and Mr Bercow, showing  the children that skipping is for everyone. Skip2bfit digital counting ropes are fully adjustable so that both children and adults can challenge each other.”

All the children were also given blueberries and a health leaflet after skipping, as the best time to introduce children to healthy food is following exercise.

Mr Bercow also helped to plant a blueberry bush given to the school by Skip2bfit fruit sponsors, Winterwood Farm.

Many schools around the UK now follow the Skip2Bfit six week programme where every child is challenged to beat their personal best.

Roping in the MPs

Who is the leader, and the slacker, of the House?

‘Tory Tornado’ David Davies scoops the crown with 348 skips in 2 minutes. He also took a boxing session with John for the Bobby Moore cancer charity

London Mayor Sadiq Khan achieved 197 skips in 2 minutes

Lib Dem Nick Clegg gets a respectable 152 skips

Good job for Labour’s Ed Balls who managed 138 skips in 2 minutes along to the sound of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now

UsKIP title for Douglas Carswell with 156 skips – and he didn’t switch ropes

Speaker of the House John Bercow recorded 105 skips

Dancing queen Anne Widdercombe gets 78 skips

The money’s not on former Chancellor George Osborne who got a paltry 46 skips