A Sleaford school marked 10 years since opening its Community Fitness Centre on site by staging a 10-hour ‘treadathon’.
Carre’s Grammar School head teacher Nick Law got the ball rolling on Friday by doing the first session on the treadmill in the purpose-built fitness suite and was followed by some of the project’s partners including Phil Garner of the county council’s public health department, representatives from North Kesteven District Council and some of the school’s students.
Physical activity manager Nigel Stephenson explained the aim was to keep going on the treadmill for 10 hours with people taking turns. He said: “Andy Wilkinson the assistant headteacher did an hour over lunch and then members of the community who use the gym carried on until the finish. Some were running and others walking.”
Mr Stephenson said the gym is very much a community facility, open to everyone from the ages of 13 to their oldest member aged 85.
He said: “When we first opened we were in one of our classrooms, then four-and-a-half years ago we doubled in terms of space and equipment, opening up the brand new facility in 2011 and extending our opening hours.”
The facility is now open from 2pm every day, evenings and weekends.
He said a lot of his work is based around the health referral programme of patients. Many continue to keep it up beyond their 12-week programmes. They have a junior membership too and schools can join at a reduced rate. Mr Stephenson said: “We offer a really personal, friendly and non-intimidating fitness environment. We don’t have big mirros or hevay weights.”
The facility has a USB key system storing all the fitness data for a client such as calories burned and distance biked or run for comparison.