Weekend trip to Germany was an endurance test

Dunstable Team Challenge
Dunstable Team Challenge

Dunstable Town Council staff and friends got on their bikes and put their oar in for a gruelling event at the weekend.

They took part in the Dunstable Team Challenge – a 24 hour endurance test travelling the equivalent distance between Dunstable and Porz am Rhein, Dunstable’s twin town in Germany.

The challenge, which involved a non-stop relay covering the 408 miles on an exercise bike and rowing machine, was held at Creasey Park Community Football Centre.

It was organised by the centre manager, James Slack, in aid of Sport Relief and the Mayor’s Charities – Macmillan Cancer Support, Luton & Bedfordshire Youth Association and the Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation.

Dunstable Town Mayor Councillor John Chatterley started the challenge at 6pm on Friday and he also cycled the first few miles alongside the team.

The distance and course were closely monitored throughout the night and day with up-to-date information available on a big screen.

As they arrived in Porz after a demanding and exhausting challenge, the team were congratulated and thanked by Councillor Chatterley.

Councillor Liz Jones, Dunstable Town Council’s chairman of community services, said: “The challenge was a fantastic event. Everyone who contributed to the cycling and rowing, myself included, gave it their all and the herculean efforts of Kelly Hallam, James Slack, Dave Smith and Ken McGarrigle in particular should be thanked.

“The event is estimated to have raised more than £1,000 through sponsorship, raffle and donations at Creasey Park during the weekend.”