Strode sports centre battles Frome in 'Race for Red' charity cycle
By abbie_glasto | Friday, February 01, 2013, 17:01
Strode Swimming Pool and Sports Centre is battling it out with two other local sports centres today to win the 'Race for Red' charity cycle challenge.
Mark Dobson, Strode Swimming Pool Duty Manager (right) and Alister Woods, Centre Manager (left) clocking up miles for the annual Race for Red event
Avalon leisure holds this competition annually to raise money and awareness for their charity partner the British Heart Foundation.
Three local sports centres; Frome Leisure centre, Strode Swimming Pool and Wells Leisure Centre got involved, competing to clock up the longest distance on static bikes over the course of six hours.
Frome Leisure Centre has won the last two years' events.
Ruth Edwards, Duty Manager at Strode Swimming Pool, commented: "We get very competitive with the other centres – we want to win it this year!"
During the race, Ruth has been contacting each centre to find out how many kilometres each has clocked up hour on hour.
"That's part of the fun of it – in the end it doesn't matter because it's for charity but it is a competition after all." She added.
"The British Heart Foundation is our partner charity and it's so important to raise awareness for such an important charity within the sporting industry.
"A lot of our customers have been donating and getting on the bike to help us out so it's a really great event."
At 2pm Frome Leisure centre was in front by approximately four kilometres but Strode were working hard and chasing their tails.
The race continues until 7pm this evening so there's still time to book up a ten minute slot if you want to do your part for the British Heart Foundation.
Results of the competition and the money raised will be revealed later this month.