Derry to take on 24-hour epic fitness challenge for Children In Need

Pudsey Bear. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 01.10.15
Pudsey Bear. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 01.10.15

Schoolchildren, football squads, politicians and pensioners are among the diverse groups gathering to take part in a 24-hour Sports Challenge in Derry this week for Children in Need.

The Rosemount Resource Centre has organised the event to take place at the community gym, the Fitness Factory inside Rosemount Factory.

The first of those taking part will begin exercising at 1pm this Thursday, with a celebration planned for 1pm Friday when the challenge is completed.

Young people from St Anne’s Primary School and St Joseph’s Secondary School have been invited to take part along with Rosemount, Phoenix, Hatmore and Oxford football teams and senior citizens groups as well as running and bootcamp teams.

Children as young as two will be painting pictures of Pudsey during the event.

Organiser Darren O’Reilly from the Rosemount Resource Centre, said: “At any one time over the 24 hours we will have somebody exercising in the gym. Hopefully we will have people from all different walks of life and all ages involved here, and local people from the community and politicians have been invited to take part as well.”

Darren O’Reilly, who is also an Independent Councillor for Derry and Strabane, said he would be taking part in a marathon treadmill session overnight, and urged people to come along and cheer on those taking part, especially from 12pm on Friday during the last leg of the event.

“This is for a great cause,” he added. “Children In Need fund some great projects in this city, and without it a lot of projects wouldn’t be there.”