Winners of Cracker Challenge receive prizes

Winners of Cracker Challenge receive prizes

Paul Miles

Winners of Cracker Challenge receive prizes

Delighted winners of a charity fitness challenge were presented with trophies yesterday to mark their athletic achievements.

Since October last year more than 50 fitness fans have taken part in the Magnet Leisure Centre's 10:10 challenge.

It included running for 10 minutes on a treadmill and cycling for 10 minutes on a bike with the aim to cover the greatest distance possible.

The challenge was part of the Advertiser's Cracker Appeal which helps fund Christmas parties, day trips and group events for community groups across Maidenhead.

Winners of the challenge, which was organised into different age groups, collected their prizes at the centre in Holmanleaze.

The awards were handed out by chairman and chief executive of Baylis Media Ltd, Jeremy Spooner.

Sam Englefield, who managed to cover 4.47 miles in the under 16s category, took part in the challenge to settle a friendly rivalry.

The 16-year-old, who studies mechanics at Berkshire College of Agriculture, in Burchetts Green, said: "The reason was my mate did it. So I had to beat him and it all goes to charity."

In addition to the 10:10 challenge the leisure centre also organised a spinning class at the Bodyzone gym in Braywick Park and a football tournament also held at the Magnet.

Celebrities including Timmy Mallett and Jim Rosenthal also took part in the fitness test as they got sweaty in aid of the cause.

In total more than £700 has been raised from the three challenges.

This will be put towards the £10,000 already raised by the Cracker Appeal. 

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