Ben Harwood has been getting all in a spin for charity

Ben stands in the Spinning room with thePoint4 fitness instructor Denise and thePoint4 Centre Manager Chris Combe (in a fancy dress French maid costume)

On Friday 21 February 2014, Fitness Manager of thePoint4 at the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) Ben Harwood successfully organised a 24 hour Spinathon raising money for RNC and British Blind Sport (BBS).


After Ben put out a Twitter request for people to take part in the Spinathon, all 23 places were filled within a week. Ben said “I was worried that the £100 joining fee might put people off so I was really surprised at how quickly people signed up. There’s a mixture of staff, thePoint4 members, friends and family taking part. We were actually oversubscribed and didn’t have enough bikes so Hereford Academy kindly let us borrow five of theirs!”


Participants in the Spinathon were put through their paces as they cycled on static ‘spinning’ bikes at thePoint4 for a full 24 hour period. Ben was joined by a couple of famous faces too; Paralympic Discus gold medallist Josie Pearson and GB blind footballer Jono Heenan took part in the event.


Ben explained “The Spinathon is a warm up for me running the London Marathon in April, which is going to be a massive personal challenge. My background is in rugby, I got a scholarship to UWIC and my strength has always been in explosive gym use and hypertrophy (muscle building) rather than endurance.”


All proceeds for the Spinathon and the London Marathon will be split 50/50 between the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) and British Blind Sport (BBS). Ben says “These are two charities that are very close to my heart. I’ve been working at the RNC for five years and have experienced the wonderful work that the College does in supporting those with a visual impairment. During my time here I have worked closely with Tony Larkin, who is a patron of BBS and I completely support their mission to give people who are visually impaired the same opportunities in sport as sighted people.”


Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC


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