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Spinning marathon raises £4,200 for charity

Seventy riders took endurance to another level when they took part in a 12-hour spinning marathon - and raised a fantastic £4,200 for charity.

12 hr spinning marathon

Fundraisers saddled up and rode through the pain barrier as they cycled from 9am to 9pm on spinning bikes in aid of the Magpas Air Ambulance charity.

Around 40 determined individuals completed all 12 hours of the event, which was held at the New Vision Fitness George Campbell Leisure Centre in March on Saturday (January 20). A further five teams took it in turns to complete the challenge, including a team of Magpas doctors, nurses and ambulance technicians.

The fundraising mission was organised by spinning instructor Wayne Marshall, who works closely with Magpas through his role as a retained crew commander for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue and sees first-hand its amazing lifesaving work.

It is the second event he has organised for the charity, raising £2,100 for the cause with a six-hour spinning event in December 2016.

Due to the scale of Saturday's fundraiser, it was classed as an official Spinning® event - the first of its kind in East Anglia - and attracted participants and spinning instructors from across the UK.

The five instructors on the day were Master Spinning® instructor Michelle Colvin-Mottershead, who teaches all over the world, Wayne Marshall, Neil Fitton, Laura Phillips and manager of the George Campbell Centre, Andy Cornwell.

March-based Mundell Engineering Ltd built and donated a special event stage, which was given to the George Campbell for future use, Spinning® UK donated goodie bags and G's Fresh Beetroot, of March, provided water bottles and medals.

Several other local and national businesses donated food, drinks, energy supplements, hand towels and raffle prizes, while gym members, friends and family baked and donated cakes.

Andy said: "It was incredibly hard work and there were a lot of sore legs and bums in the saddle, but it was an absolutely amazing day and the community support was wonderful.

"It was a great privilege for Fenland to host the first ever official Spinning® event in East Anglia, and attract such a high calibre of instructors too. Huge thanks must go to Wayne; his passion and commitment encouraged all the sponsors to get involved and made the event the success it was. I'd also like to say thank you to our sponsors and supporters on the day."

Councillor Michelle Tanfield, portfolio holder for leisure at Fenland District Council, which runs the New Vision Vision centres, congratulated all those involved.

"What a wonderful amount of money raised for a very worthy cause, and an amazing effort from so many people," she said. "It's great to see such community spirit in our leisure centres and the very best in fitness coming to Fenland."

Plans are already in the pipeline to host another charity spinning event in 2019, when it is hoped there will be around 100-150 bikes.

Article added: January 24, 2018