Athletes give time to charity

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AN EPIC four-day athletic challenge staged in Barrow last month has raised £25,000 for charity.

More than 90 people competed in The Great Barrow Challenge, with cyclists clocking up 500 miles and runners and walkers completing marathon distances each day.

The event, which featured routes stretching as far as Peterborough, Huntingdon and Wymondham, centred on The Academy Health and Fitness Centre, in Barrow, which is owned by race founder Glen Moulds and was used to accommodate competitors.

Mr Moulds, 54, said: “It was a truly great event this year, with competitors from all walks of life raising money for some truly worthwhile causes.

“Boxer David Starrie ran alongside former serviceman, serving soldiers, a world record cyclist as well as complete novices.”

Charities that will benefit from the £25,000 raised this year include Help for Heroes, East Anglian Air Ambulance and Macmillian CancerResearch .

A series of one and two day events has been planned from December 27 and next year’s four-day event is to be held on September 19, with bookings already totalling 500.

For details, go to www.greatbarrowchallenge.co.uk