Chance to get into the Olympic spirit

Sarah Watson, County Durham Activator for Run England, Neil Trainor, Durham County Council's On the Ball coordinator, Tracey Harrison volunteer at Pelton Community Gym (one of the council's legacy gyms) and Steven Hart Get Active, Get Cycling Coordinator Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
Sarah Watson, County Durham Activator for Run England, Neil Trainor, Durham County Council's On the Ball coordinator, Tracey Harrison volunteer at Pelton Community Gym (one of the council's legacy gyms) and Steven Hart Get Active, Get Cycling Coordinator Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
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A SERIES of events in the next 10 days marks the last chance for people in County Durham to get into the Olympic spirit.

Challenge 2012 at sports, leisure centres and other venues in the county aims to get residents involved in challenges themed around the number 2,012.

There are 2,012 pool lengths in 12-hour marathon swims, 2,012m walks, cycle rides and runs, and 2,012-themed football, archery and tennis sessions.

Not all challenges are in sport, volunteers can help to plant 2,012 heathers on moorland near Chester-le-Street and there are guided 20.12km bike rides – about 12 miles.

The council has even set up a special telephone line for inquiries: 03000 28 2012.

“The Big 2012 Challenge is exactly that,” said Coun Maria Plews, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for leisure.

“We need residents to make it a big success.

“I know there is a great deal of Olympic spirit in the county which is illustrated by the 200,000 people who turned out to welcome the Olympic Flame earlier this summer.

“Now we are asking people to help us deliver a lasting legacy by supporting us in a series of 2012-themed events and challenges.

“Help the county complete 2,012 pool lengths, take part in one of the 20.12km bike rides, or maybe plant some of the 2,012 heathers to conserve lowland fell at Waldridge.”

All challenges will be completed by September 9, bringing to end the council’s Join In legacy programme which ran from the beginning of 2012.

All events, except swimming, are free. Details online: www.durham.gov.uk/joinin or phone 03000 28 2012.

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