Pedal power puts rid­ers to test for hospital fund

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

CHEL­TENHAM’S first street velo­drome was a huge suc­cess in aid of Chel­tenham and Glouces­ter Hos­pi­tals Char­ity’s Scan­ner Ap­peal.

Teams from com­pa­nies in­clud­ing head­line spon­sor Brewin Dol­phin, Bar­clays, Mid­win­ters Solic­i­tors, Kier Con­struc­tion, Creed Food­ser­vice, Abbey Busi­ness and Spi­rax Sarco bat­tled it out on the Prom­e­nade.

Af­ter be­ing given the low­down on the course and some prac­tise time, teams went head-to-head be­fore in­di­vid­u­als with the best times ped­alled for a place on the leader­board.

And it was the cy­clists from Spi­rax Sarco, an en­gi­neer­ing com­pany based in Chel­tenham, who ex­celled in both chal­lenges and were crowned dou­ble win­ners.

Even Chel­tenham MP Alex Chalk got in on the ac­tion, amus­ing the crowd by tak­ing a two lap spin on his small fold­ing bike.

“It was amaz­ing, re­ally ex­hil­a­rat­ing and fun,” he said.

“What a great ad­vert for Chel­tenham and for cycling. It’s won­der­ful for Chel­tenham and Glouces­ter Hos­pi­tals Char­ity which does such good work.”

Money from the chal­lenge, which was sup­ported by Par­a­lympian Mel Ni­cholls, will go to­wards buy­ing new imag­ing tech­nol­ogy equip­ment such as mo­bile dig­i­tal X-ray ma­chines for county hos­pi­tals.

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