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Boost those new year get-fit resolutions and make a difference!

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Boost those new year get-fit resolutions and make a difference!
On Friday 8th March Starfish Greathearts Foundation is hosting a 24 hour Spinning Marathon event in Putney, London.

The Spinning Marathon is not as tough as you might think. You don’t have to cycle non-stop for a day and night. Just be part of a team (maximum 10 people) that keeps going round the clock. Get your own team together or join an existing one. Qualified instructors leading hour long classes back to back and driving rhythms will encourage you throughout, but no one will push you too hard. You keep control, monitoring your own bike’s resistance and with a heart rate monitor that indicates when it’s time to go easy. With spinning, your knees don’t get the pounding that marathon runners take and you’ll even get a gel seat cover when you need one.

Early endurance athletes had a pretty relaxed attitude to training. Things are different now and although there is no need to go out and start training like mad the fitter you are, the more slots you will be able to fill in your team. As well as cycling, walking or swimming is good preparation. If you don’t have a bike use one of Boris’ or hire one at Richmond Park.
For ten years Starfish has been working to change the lives of orphans and vulnerable children in southern Africa affected by HIV/AIDS. Starfish supports projects within local communities, providing funding and training to extend them so that more children can be reached more quickly.

So how will participating in the Spinning Marathon translate into benefits for the AIDS orphans in southern Africa who are given new hope and opportunities by Starfish?
Say your team makes £20 an hour over 24 hours. For the children helped by Starfish this will mean 24 monthly food parcels to help them survive following the death of their parents due to HIV/AIDS. Two hours will buy school uniforms, shoes and transport so that a child can go back to school. Twelve hours will spread Starfish’s net wider by paying for the training of a caregiver to transform lives within another community.

When you’re signed up for the event the next step is to set up an online fundraising page for your friends and colleagues to lay down their pledges and their challenges for you. If you’re an accomplished spinner this could be £1 per minute at 85% or more of max heart rate during your slots or you could be sponsored simply according to how many slots you complete.
Help Starfish to reach more children, enjoy the team experience and get fit!

If Spinning’s not your thing and you like to be out on your bike or you can’t make the date, fear not, Starfish have many other challenges throughout the year to get involved in, for example RideLondon 100, Virgin Active London Triathlon and London to Brighton Cycle!
To sign up or for more information please

Email: hester.enthoven@starfishcharity.org

Website: www.starfishcharity.org

Tel:  020 7597 3797

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