On your bike - Spin-a-thon raises more than £500 for charity

Ali Buck being held by those who took part in the spin-a-thon. Picture: South Norfolk Council

Ali Buck being held by those who took part in the spin-a-thon. Picture: South Norfolk Council - Credit: Archant

A fitness coach has raised more than £500 for charity with a spin-a-thon.

Ali Buck, 36, held an all-day spin-a-thon at Long Stratton Leisure Centre to raise money for Children with Cancer UK.

More than 70 people joined Mrs Buck for one or more of the eight sessions in return for a donation to the charity.

Mrs Buck said: 'I wanted to do something a bit different. I don't really know what to do when it comes to fundraising, but I thought let's do something fitness related.

'I wanted something different than a bake sale or a silence so I thought I'm going to go crazy and do something completely different.'

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Mrs Buck is raising money for Children with Cancer UK as part of her charity entry in the 2018 London Marathon and the cause is very close to her heart.

She added: 'Two years ago, a dear friend of mine had her and her family's world rocked when her daughter, Lottie, was diagnosed with Birketts Lymphoma- an incredibly aggressive and very rare form of cancer.

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'Following diagnosis, the only option was to treat the cancer with the strongest chemotherapy drugs available. This meant that the side effects were horrendous and Lottie remained in hospital for five months.

'Thankfully it was all worth it and Lottie now lives a complete and happy life. Not all children are as fortunate as this.'

The full eight hours of riding had some spinners covering 126 miles, burning more than 4,000 calories.

Mrs Buck's next spinning event will be held early next year at Wymondham Leisure Centre.

She added: 'I can't believe I signed up to do two but Wymondham is bigger and we can get the classes full with a great atmosphere.

'I've only done one marathon before and I can honestly say that the cycle was harder. I feel a bit more relaxed for the London Marathon now.'

Mrs Buck will be taking a more relaxed approached to her fundraising in the meantime as she hosts a cake sale at Hempnall Primary School.

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