THE distance from Manchester to the Olympic Stadium via
all the UK venues was cycled in just one day by a group of
firefighters, community safety staff, volunteers and a Prince's
And they achieved the feat without leaving the entrance of Asda
The intensive challenge was a joint effort by the Greater
Manchester Fire and Rescue team to raise vital funds for Manchester
Children's Burns Camp - a fantastic total of more than Â£1,000 was
collected from shoppers.
Philips Park Green Watch Manager Billy Fenwick, who organised
the event with support from Crew Manager Darren Maguire, said: "The
Olympic Games are not far off and getting a lot of public attention
so we thought we'd set ourselves a gruelling challenge to cycle the
distance between all the UK venues.
"We knew it would capture people's imaginations but we couldn't
have expected just how generous the shoppers would be.
"The money will now go towards the important work that
Manchester Children's Hospital burns unit does to enable children
to undertake rehabilitation and development by attending activity
days and events.
"We couldn't have achieved it without the support of ASDA
Eastlands for providing the venue and the National Cycle Centre for
the use of the bikes."
The charity bike ride took place on eight static cycle machines
to cover the distance of 800 kilometres in five hours - from
Manchester to the Olympic stadium in London via Olympic venues
throughout the UK.
The event was a joint fundraising effort with East Manchester
Prince's Trust Team, who have been working with Green Watch at
Philips Park for the last four years.
Those taking part included firefighters from Philips Park
(green, red and amber watches), Prince's Trust team members,
Prevention staff and volunteers.