Staff and visitors to Tendring District Council-run leisure centres have raised hundreds of pounds for Sport Relief with a series of events.
In total £1,315 was raised at the six venues for the good cause.
Among those leading the way with fundraising was Kirsty Fowler, a fitness instructor and personal trainer at Walton-on-the-Naze Lifestyles, who spent her 40th birthday on Friday (March 23) cycling 140km on a stationary bike in the leisure centre reception for the charity initiative.
Kirsty, who can be sponsored at https://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/kirstyfowler4502039, said while it was an unusual way to mark a birthday, it was all for a good cause.
“It was hugely tiring, especially towards the end, but the support from my colleagues and people using the leisure centre was fantastic and kept me going,” Kirsty said.
“Some people said I was mad, which I guess I am a little bit, but all the money raised helps vulnerable people across the UK and the world to live happier, healthier and safer lives, so it was definitely worth it.”
Kirsty wrapped up her day with a well-earned pizza, birthday cake and champagne. Walton-on-the-Naze Lifestyles also held a coffee morning and a free family swim session in return for donations.
Brightlingsea Leisure Centre worker Jack Payne also got on his bike for Sport Relief, completing a five-hour ride joined by various colleagues and customers who jumped on a bike alongside him to keep him company during the day.
At Harwich Sports Centre, 25 people of all ages took part in a team event competition which included sit down rounders, giant skipping, rugby ball challenge and bean bag knock down among others.
In Manningtree a wall climbing session and a tombola was held.
Dovercourt Bay Lifestyles held an outdoor boot camp session with circuit activities including duck walk, medicine ball chop and battle ropes with eight participants, while an all-day quadrathlon event saw 16 people take on a 1.5km row, 3km run, 5km cycle and a 300m swim.
The fastest male was Sam Gooding-Matthews with a combined time of 30mins 16secs and the fastest female was Claire Bransby in 38mins 51secs.
A 100-mile cycle challenge was held at Clacton Leisure Centre, which also supported BBC Essex’s Rob Jelly with his challenge of taking part in 15 sports in 16 hours right across the county. The presenter and producer kicked-off his day with a spot of synchronised swimming at the Clacton pool.
Mick Skeels, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said he was delighted with the efforts of staff and leisure centre visitors.
“Our dedicated staff are always giving their all to provide the best possible service to our customers, and it is wonderful to see them going the extra mile for such a great cause,” he said.
“To see their efforts in turn supported and added to by customers – whether by joining in or donating – is just brilliant.”