Archive for August, 2012

The Big 2012 Challenge

Saturday 1 September – Sunday 9 September

To celebrate the end of our 32 week programme of sport and physical activity and the end of London 2012, you’re invited to take part in a 2012 challenge. With support from partners including the NHS, Leisureworks, Leisure Connections, The Ramblers and Run England, there are 54 challenges available over nine days. 13 leisure centres, nine swimming pools and 12 community gyms are involved. If outdoors is more your thing, there are countryside conservation, cycling, walking and running challenges on your doorstep.

So whatever your interest, level of fitness, age or ability – there’s a challenge available for you. What’s more it’s all free*!There’s a goody bag available for all those who take part.

Download the Big Challenge programme below to find out which challenge you want to take on!

The Big 2012 Challenge.pdf (5 pages, 719kb)

*Take part in the swim challenge and pay just £1 for your swim.

via Join in 2012 events and activities – Durham County Council.

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We teamed up with British Cycling to bring you some words of wisdom from riders and experts on the GB Cycling Team as they were putting the final touches to their Olympic preparations.

Read on to find out how the best in the business cope with pressure, training demands, injury and disappointment. And to make the most of the tips, make sure you’ve got a BikeRadar Training account. This free online resource enables you to record and analyse all aspects of your training, log your training routes, get yourself tailored training plans, see how you’re doing on our leaderboards, set goals and plan your season with a comprehensive events guide.


Ben Swift, Sky Pro Cycling rider and World Champion in the Scratch Race 

Some people are born sprinters and some are born endurance riders, and you just have to find out what suits you best. The secret to endurance is having the will to stick it out, because it can get a bit mind-numbing at times. You also have to be able to put up with the strain and the stress of being on the bike for such long periods.

Don’t keep bashing away doing long hours. Mix the training up with intensity and keep it fresh and enjoyable. Find a local club and get out on a club run with them. If there are enough people, it passes the time and you’re working much harder without realising it and having fun on the bike at the same time.

READ MORE How To Train Like A Pro Rider – BikeRadar.

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Take part in a variety of cycling opportunities including:

Weekly cycle rides

Family healthy cycle rides

Don’t worry if you don’t have a bike of your own

Areas covered: Derwentside, Durham & Chester-le-Street, Easington, Sedgefield, Wear Valley & Teesdale

Contact: Steven Hart on 0191 569 2847 or email steven.hart@nhs.net

The Get Active Get Cycling programme delivers a wide range of cycling opportunities across the whole of County Durham including weekly led cycle rides, family cycle rides and many more. These rides are suitable for beginner and intermediate level cyclists. Don’t have a bike? Not to worry, Get Active can supply all participants with a bike and a helmet to loan for the duration of the session. Best of the entire programme is completely FREE!

Please see below for a full list of our weekly programme and Family Cycle Challenge for 2012.

Weekly Programme


10.00 – 11.30 Crook Cycle Tour, St Catherine’s Community Centre

10.00 – 11.30 Newton Aycliffe Cycle Tour, Pioneering Care Centre

13.00 – 14.30 Chester-le-Street Cycle Tour, Riverside Sports Complex

13.00 – 14.30 Stanley Cycle Tour, Louisa Centre

18.00 – 19.30 Wear Valley Evening Tour, King James Community College


09.30 – 11.00 Murton Cycle Tour, Glebe Centre

10.00 – 11.30 Broompark Cycle Tour, Broompark Picnic Area

13.00 – 14.30 Spennymoor Cycle Tour, St Paul’s Community Centre

18.00 – 19.30 Derwentside Evening Tour, alt Louisa Centre / Belle Vue Swim Centre

18.00 – 19.30 Chester-le-Street Evening Tour, Riverside Sports Complex


09.30 – 11.00 Parkside Cycle Tour, Parkside Community Centre

10.30 – 12.00 Abbey Cycle Tour, Abbey Leisure Centre

10.30 – 12.00 Consett Cycle Tour, Belle Vue Swim Centre

13.00 – 14.30 Bishop Auckland Cycle Tour, King James Community College

13.00 – 14.30 Wingate Cycle Tour, Wingate Welfare Park

13.30 – 15.00 Coxhoe Cycle Tour, Coxhoe Leisure Centre

18.00 – 19.30 Barnard Castle Evening Tour, Bowes Museum


09.30 – 11.00 Sedgefield Cycle Tour, Hardwick Park

13.00 – 14.30 Barnard Castle Cycle Tour, Bowes Museum

18.00 – 19.30 Durham Evening Tour, Broompark Picnic Area


10.00 – 11.30 Willington Cycle Tour, Willington Health Centre


10.00 – 11.30 Coxhoe Family Tour, Coxhoe Leisure Centre


10.30 – 12.00 West Rainton Cycle Tour, Arden House

2012 Family Cycle Challenges


Saturday 19 10.00am Sedgefield – Newton Aycliffe, Pioneering Care Centre


Saturday 16 10.00am Durham – Broompark Picnic Area


Saturday 14 10.00am Derwentside – Louisa Centre, Stanley


Saturday 18 10.00am Chester-Le-Street – Riverside Sports Complex


Saturday 15 10.00am Wear Valley – Hamsterley Forest


Saturday 13 10.00am Teesdale – Bowes Museum

via Get Active Get Cycling < County Durham Sport.

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I suppose this comes under Bad Infrastucture, though please don’t feel I’m criticising anyone from the council.

The Bowes Incline Railway path (Regional Route 11 I believe) was devastated by the recent storm at the end of June.

The section that runs under the A167, past The Hollys and Longshank Lane, down to the ECML is very badly affected. Completely impassable, hundreds of feet have been washed away to a depth of 3 or four feet in places.

READ MORE HERE Flood damage – One of many probably | Gateshead Cycling Forum.

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