Pile on the Miles, Pull in the Pounds

Fundraising and fitness proved to be a perfect combination as Ark Cancer Centre Charity teamed up with Basingstoke Sports Trust and The Malls shopping centre for a special event in support of Mayor's Charity Week.

'Pile on the Miles, Pull in the Pounds' was the title of the fundraiser which saw people being encouraged to cycle or row the length of the River Thames.

Participants made a donation to the Mayor's Charity Appeal, which is raising funds for Ark Cancer Centre Charity, Inspero and Basingstoke Multicultural Forum.

And as an added extra, all those who took part were entered into a draw to win a free year of membership from Basingstoke Sports Trust.

The sporty event is one of a series of activities that have taken place between October 17 and 24 as part of the first-ever Mayor's Charity Week.

Councillor Anne Court, Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, and her husband Richard came along to support the event, and the First Citizen joined in the community show of pedal power.

Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications for Ark Cancer Centre Charity, clocked up over 60km on a bike and more than 10,000 metres on the rowing machine, and several members of the Basingstoke Sports Trust team also piled on the miles.

Mark said: "Thanks to everyone who took part in this fun event, and to everyone who made a donation to the Mayor's Charity Appeal.

"The Basingstoke Sports Trust team really threw themselves into this event, as well as providing all of the equipment, and thanks also to The Malls team for hosting this event.

"There was certainly plenty of pedal and rowing power used by those who took part and we covered the distance of the River Thames on several occasions."

Mayor's Charity Week has been well-supported across Basingstoke and Deane, and it concludes with more events tomorrow,