Mums and dads from Southwater spinned their way to Turkey in memory of a fellow exerciser who died of breast cancer this time last year.
Zeynep Hallums, from Southwater, who had two children, was a regular at spinning classes at Bluecoats Sports Health and Fitness Club in Christ’s Hospital, until she lost her battle with breast cancer in August 2011 at the age of 44.
Led by Nikki Bridgman, from Christ’s Hospital, who knew Zeynep for four years, the group cycled the cumulative equivalent of 2,500 kilometres to raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, which raises funds for the hospital in London.
She said: “It was a fantastic atmosphere. Everyone was trying really hard.
“Every hour when we changed we were encouraging people to cycling really hard and reach 20 kilometers.
“It was really moving at the end when we had done it.”
Regulars of the spinning classes took part, as did mums and dads who knew Zeynep through her children, as well as former neighbours of hers from Southwater.
Since Zeynep was originally from Turkey, the group aimed to cycle 2,500km, the equivalent distance to Turkey, while the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, where Zeynep was treated for breast cancer, was a fitting cause to raise money for.
“She was a fabulous lady with a great smile who very much part of the spin sessions that take place at Bluecoats Sports each week,” Nikki added.
“She kept on spinning throughout her illness and was an inspiration and an absolute legend.”
They have already raised over £2,000 and Nikki thanked Colin Young for his fundraising efforts, and Bertha Belmore for supplying prizes.
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/bluecoats-spinathon-2012