Well done Loddon Valley Sports Centre
PUBLISHED: 16:57 26 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:32 20 February 2013
Actor Winston Ellis and boxer Michael Sprott at Sparathon for Pancreatic Cancer UK,
Loddon Valley Leisure Centre raised 2,000 in a charity Sparathon event opened by Reading-born actor Winston Ellis and boxer Michael Sprott. The Centre hosted the event as part of its attempt to raise 30,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK, and so far 12,500 has been collected.
Over 250 martial artists attended the event, each sparring in 100 one and a half minute rounds, with every fighter raising a minimum sponsorship of 30.Winston Ellis, whose film credits include Pirates of the Caribbean and The Dark Knight, is childhood friends with Peter Felix, the event organiser and martial arts expert.
Robert Hope from Pancreatic Cancer said: The day was a massive success. I particularly enjoyed seeing all the varying martial arts, age groups and skill levels sparring together. The energy levels were utterly impressive right up until the 100th round. I would like to thank Loddon Valley Leisure Centre once again for all the hard work done to achieve such a fantastic total and wish them all the best with the upcoming events.
Tony Penge, Contract Manager at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre said:It was extremely exciting to have a Hollywood star actor at the Centre! His attendance made the event all the more memorable. We love holding events that bring together the community and we can only hope our future events can be as successful.
Fighting 100 rounds is as hard as running a marathon as it uses every muscle in the body, plus fighting means you have to deal with the stress of defending yourself in an activity which could see the person sparring hurt if they let their guard down.
The Sparathon was one of seven similar events held on the same day following three successful events that took place in May. The Centre is holding eight more events of this type in the near future to continue raising money for Pancreatic Cancer UK.
The organiser would like to thank everyone involved in the event: Leisure Connection Plc London Valley Leisure Centre - and staff Tony Penge and Amy Cheale Nemesis Martial Arts (07811-085778) Thames Valley Taekwondo - Andrew Whitely Winston George Ellis Michael Sprott Sutton Martial Arts Crawley Martial Arts Gods of War - Philip and Catherine Elise Guildford Martial Arts - Marc Golland BKAMA - Rodney James and Wendy Wiltshire Didcot Takwondo - Carl Davis Watford Freestyle - David and Natasha Ryan Blaze Martial Arts - Justyn Billingham
To find out more about Loddon Valley Leisure Centre and the Sparathon event visitwww.harpersfitness.co.uk