Paula Guanaria, a 48-year old grandmother from Spofforth, near Wetherby is taking on her own Olympic Gold Challenge by ‘Spinning Gold’ and cycling 201.2 km over two days in a bid to raise money for the NSPCC and encourage others to join in and support her.
Ms Guanaria, who is a community fundraiser for the NSPCC said: “The Gold Challenge is a fantastic event for people to get involved in helping to raise money as well as trying something new and getting fit along the way, so we are encouraging others to join in and sign up to the Gold Challenge event.”
The Gold Challenge is part of the mass participation legacy programme for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the NSPCC is one of 125 Gold Challenge Partners.
The children’s charity is calling on budding local athletes to cover a distance of 2012km either by walking, running, cycling, swimming, horse riding, sailing, windsurfing, rowing or canoeing, (or by choosing several of these activities), and to complete the challenge by December 2012.
Paula added: “I am not sure I know what I am letting myself in for, but I have been trying to get some training in on the bike before the big event in a few weeks’ time”.
Paula’s ‘Spinning Gold’ NSPCC challenge in Leeds has been supported by Virgin Active Gyms, who have supplied the spinning bikes for the two-day event at the charity’s base in St John’s offices, Leeds.
Paula hopes to raise £2,012 from her own cycle ride and it is hoped that through sponsorship and corporate support, participants will raise a total of £1 million to help continue the vital work of the NSPCC in offering services to children and young people, including ChildLine.
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