A CHIPPING Sodbury firefighter has raised over £1600 for two charities after completing a 12-hour indoor cycling challenge.

Di Clack, 41, has worked for Avon Fire & Rescue Service for the past 13 years, tackled the challenge at Yate Active Lifestyle Centre on Saturday (January 6).

While Di was the only one going the 12-hour distance, she was by no-means alone. Over 100 people turned up at the centre’s brand-new group cycle studio to pedal alongside Di and support her throughout the day.

It’s estimated that the group collectively cycled around 2500km in the 12-hour session, with Di pedalling up to 200km on her bike alone.
“The last hour was a real struggle as my legs completed seized up,” said Di. 

“One of the spin instructors at the centre, Anne, cycled with me for the last hour and that really helped me to push through it. 

“When it was finally over, I felt very emotional and so very grateful to everyone who has played a part in making this event happen.” 

With the final total still rising, funds raised will be shared between the Firefighters Charity and Brain Tumour Research – which both hold sentimental value for Di. 

“Brain Tumour Research is very close to my heart as my close friend – and godmother to my son - was diagnosed with a brain tumour back in 2015 and has faced a challenging couple of years since,” she said. 

“The Fire Fighters Charity is also very special to me as they’ve supported both myself and my colleagues following injuries and illness. They provide prolonged support and rehabilitation to firefighters and their families, so it’s a worthy cause.

“I’m planning to break the Guinness World Record for the further distance travelled on a spin bike by a female in 60 minutes once I’ve recuperated from this challenge,” she said.

Assistant Manager at Yate Lifestyle Centre, Andy Lathall, said: “We’re always looking for ways to support the local community, so when Di asked for our support in organising this event we were delighted to help her out.”

For any donations, please contact Di at: Di.clack@yahoo.co.uk