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Cheadle triathlon

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 01, 2014

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STAFF at South Moorlands Leisure Centre in Cheadle have been celebrating after successfully staging their first-ever indoor triathlon.

The event saw more than 20 competitors take part in a swimming, running and cycling challenge to raise £172 for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

Those who successfully completed the 400m swim, 20km ride on static bikes and the 5k run on a treadmill made donations to the charity.

Staff at the centre and supporters cheered on those taking part in the event, which started at 8am and took place throughout the day until the last competitor took on the three-part challenge at 5pm.

Centre manager Leigh White said: "It was a really great day that went even better than we had expected. As it was the first indoor triathlon we had hosted, we decided to do it for charity to make it more light-hearted and to raise some money for the Dougie Mac.

"It which was a great response, especially as some people weren't even members. Both men and women took part, with the youngest just 20 and the oldest being 58, which proves that this type of challenge really is something anyone can take part in."

Councillor Mark Deaville, cabinet member for leisure, sport, parks and countryside at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said: "I'd like to offer my congratulations to all those people who successfully completed this challenge, and also to the staff.

"I know the team is looking to organise more events like this and with many people making resolutions to be more active in the New Year, there's never been a better time to visit your local leisure centre and try out some of the activities on offer."

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