Everyone Active set a new Guinness World Record for events programme
Members across twenty Everyone Active centres successfully cycled their way to a new Guinness World Record for the most people to take part in a 24 hour indoor cycle relay. The first cyclists started at 3pm on National Fitness Day, Friday September 28 and the finishers ended at 3pm on Saturday 29 September. Confirmation of the Guinness World Record came through on 23 October.
Leisure Centre Operator Everyone Active set out to achieve this world record as part of its year-long charity fundraising appeal to raise £25,000 in total for Disability Sport Events, its chosen charity for 2012. People made a donation to take part in the challenge while spectators donated additional funds. The money is still coming in but early signs indicate the 24 hour challenge has so far raised over £4000- a significant contribution to their total target.
More than 1788 people of all ages and fitness levels took a turn in the saddle of the static bikes set up at the Everyone Active centres. Children, teens, parents and grandparents took their turn and three London 2012 Olympic athletes also took part. GB 110m hurdler Andy Turner started off the relay at his training ground, Sutton Arena, while double Olympic London 2012 Bronze Medallist Max Whitlock span the wheels for a while before handing over to his fellow gymnast Reiss Beckford at Basildon Sporting Village where they are both members.
“I was delighted to see so many of our centres, staff and members get behind this Guinness World Record attempt and am grateful to everyone on the bikes and behind the scenes who made this happen.” says Neil King, Commercial Director, Everyone Active. “Aside from setting the World Record, it’s a great achievement to raise both money and awareness for the Disability Sports Events which is doing vital work to encourage more disabled people to take part in regular sport.”
Chris Ratcliffe, Director of Development, English Federation of Disability Sport said,
“Congratulations to the 1,788 people who broke the Guinness World Record, a fantastic achievement. We are delighted that Everyone Active staff and members’ support contributes to the work of English Federation of Disability Sport and our vision for disabled people to be active for life.”