Residents, staff and friends were taking part in a
six hour non-stop cycling marathon which achieved more than 170
miles towards the 1,000 miles they hope to record by the end of the
year in the Charity's own Countdown to the Olympics
Exercise bikes from New Oscott's gym were set up in the
Village's main street and Julian, who is training for the 200 metre
and 400 x 1 relay, was the first to pedal the event into life,
alongside the Village's oldest resident, Bella Shevlin (97), and
Activities Facilitator Paul Knight.
More than 30 took part during the
day, including a number of residents with varying disabilities and
each of them received an Olympic Gold Medal.
Fitness Instructor Rachael Smith
rounded the day off by cycling 14 miles in the last
Julian says he thoroughly enjoyed
taking part in the event and meeting many of the residents,
particularly Bella who gave him a "big kiss" for attending the
29 ExtraCare villages and schemes across the Midlands,
representing 3,500 residents, will be taking part in the Charity's
Olympic Challenge to promote health and fitness in later
years. The aim is to achieve 25,000 miles - the circumference
of the globe - through a range of activities, before Games
The Charity is also holding a competition amongst residents to
design an Olympic Torch. The winning entry will then be carried
around the country to each scheme and village in an Olympic Relay,
finishing on the day of the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
Picture: Julian Thomas with Bella
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