University’s Team Ten takes first place in 24 hour charity cycling challenge

University’s Team Ten takes first place in 24 hour charity cycling challenge

 

Team Ten pedalled to victory, clocking up an impressive 437 miles during a 24 hour cycling challenge, all in aid of One Great Day.

The University of Cumbria sports team took part in the national fundraising day to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and a local children’s charity, Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice.

Teams cycled in relays for 24hrs from 3pm on Friday 22 June until 3pm Saturday 23 June. The Lanes Shopping Centre, Centre Parcs, Snap Fitness and the University of Cumbria’s Team Ten all participated, cycling through the night and in hot conditions during the day in the middle of the Lanes Shopping Centre as shoppers watched on.

Team Ten split the relay into three hourly blocks with two to three students or members of staff cycling for 30 minutes alternately. After the first three hours Team Ten were in the lead and held onto first place for the remaining 21 hours, finishing at 437 miles, 37 miles ahead of Centre Parcs who came second with 400 miles.

All money raised by the challenge will be split between the two charities.

Team Ten is a grassroots initiative set up to celebrate the university’s tenth anniversary. Students and staff train and participate in sporting events as a team, which have included a mixture of fun runs, competitive running events, walking, biking and swimming challenges.

So far the team have participated in the Hexham Half Marathon, Cumbrian Run, Cross Border 10K and Lancaster Three Bridges to name a few. Next up will be the Ullswater Sprint Triathlon in July and Total Warrior in August.

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