Council fitness coaches are inviting families to spin, swim and sprint in aid of Sport Relief.
As part of their continuing efforts to improve the health of people in County Durham staff at Freeman’s Quay and Riverside leisure centres have organised fundraising fitness events this March.
Cllr Maria Plews, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for leisure, libraries and lifelong learning, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people to visit our Durham and Chester-le-Street leisure centres, use some of the fabulous facilities we have and support a great cause.”
A 24 hour “spinathon” will take place at Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre from 8.00pm on Thursday 17 March until 8.00pm on Friday 18 March.
Members of the public can book themselves in for a 30 minute slot – or longer if they feel up to the challenge – on one of the centre’s 13 spin bikes between 6.30am and 10.30pm.
Staff – including coaches Aiden McDaid, Steven Gardiner and Sam Renwick – will then continue the trial through the night.
With cyclists busy on the bikes coaches Laura Gwynne, Claire Fothergill, Chloe Heslop and Carol Shaw will invite swimmers to take part in an hour long “aquathon” on Friday 18 March.
From 9.45am to 10.45am visitors to the Freeman’s Quay pool will be able to dance along to everything from Abba to Glee, and the Beatles.
Meanwhile, at Riverside Leisure Complex, schoolchildren and sports club members will be encouraged to walk, jog or run a mile on its running track between 9.00am and 3.00pm.
The track will also be open from noon to 1.30pm for any member of the public who would like to take part.
All the events are free, but donations to Sport Relief will be requested.