Over 60 cyclists took to the track on Sunday 26 January at WV Active Aldersley to complete Hugh Porter’s 80 for 80 Challenge.
The multi-world champion and Commonwealth Games gold medallist completed 80 laps in 90 minutes along with the cyclists he invited to join him for his birthday challenge.
Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Claire Darke, dropped the flag to mark the start of the event before taking to the track on her own bike to complete some of the 80 laps.
The aim of the challenge, which was held to celebrate Hugh’s 80th birthday, was to raise money for Compton Care. Approximately £6,450 HAS been raised for the local charity where he is a patron, and there is still more to come in.
Whilst the action was taking place on track, a 90-minute outdoor spin class was held in the grandstand for WV Active customers and members of the public to get involved.
Taking part in the outdoor spin class were three of City of Wolverhampton Council’s directors, Deputy Chief Executive, Mark Taylor, Director of City Environment, Ross Cook and Director of Public Health, John Denley.
Councillor Steve Evans, cabinet member for city environment, was there to support the event and said: “The event was absolutely fantastic and there was a great atmosphere in the stadium.
“Well done to all of those who took part in the cycle and the outdoor spin class; we’re honoured to have been involved in the event and to host it at one of our leisure centres.
“I’d also like to thank Hugh and everyone else involved for putting on such a unique event to raise a substantial amount of money for Compton Care.
” The Just Giving page for the event remains open for donations: www.justgiving.com/ fundraising/hugh-porter80
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