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Charity cycle takes in virtual tour of Olympic venues

THE distance from Manchester to the Olympic Stadium via all the UK venues was cycled in just one day by a group of firefighters, community safety staff, volunteers and a Prince's Trust team.

And they achieved the feat without leaving the entrance of Asda Eastlands!

The intensive challenge was a joint effort by the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue team to raise vital funds for Manchester Children's Burns Camp - a fantastic total of more than £1,000 was collected from shoppers.

Charity Olympic cycle at Asda Eastlands

Philips Park Green Watch Manager Billy Fenwick, who organised the event with support from Crew Manager Darren Maguire, said: "The Olympic Games are not far off and getting a lot of public attention so we thought we'd set ourselves a gruelling challenge to cycle the distance between all the UK venues.

"We knew it would capture people's imaginations but we couldn't have expected just how generous the shoppers would be.

"The money will now go towards the important work that Manchester Children's Hospital burns unit does to enable children to undertake rehabilitation and development by attending activity days and events.

"We couldn't have achieved it without the support of ASDA Eastlands for providing the venue and the National Cycle Centre for the use of the bikes."


The charity bike ride took place on eight static cycle machines to cover the distance of 800 kilometres in five hours - from Manchester to the Olympic stadium in London via Olympic venues throughout the UK.

The event was a joint fundraising effort with East Manchester Prince's Trust Team, who have been working with Green Watch at Philips Park for the last four years.

Those taking part included firefighters from Philips Park (green, red and amber watches), Prince's Trust team members, Prevention staff and volunteers.

Olympic cycle at Asda Eastlands

Last update: 11/04/2012 14:27:54
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