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Active pensioner cycles for 10 hours

PUBLISHED: 18:00 16 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:20 01 July 2010

They may both be in their seventies but two active pensioners are proving age is no barrier when it comes to keeping fit and fundraising for charity.

They may both be in their seventies but two active pensioners are proving age is no barrier when it comes to keeping fit and fundraising for charity.

Geoff Woods, who lives in Frettenham, just north of Norwich, this week took part in a 10 hour “spin-a-thon” to raise money to help fellow gym member Joan Speake climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

The 72-year-old cycled on a spinning bike at Oasis Sports and Leisure in Thorpe St Andrew for 10 hours straight.

He raised more than £600 which will go towards Mrs Speake's fundraising pot towards her climb up the African peak in October this year.

The 70-year-old, who lives in Thorpe St Andrew, needs to raise £3,500 for the trip. She is raising funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association after a friend, who is 39, was diagnosed with the condition.

Mr Woods, who has been featured in the Evening News on previous occasions for his sporting fundraising efforts, said: “Apart from the aching limbs, it's gone well. It's been a pleasure to do it to help Joan raise enough money to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.”

The grandfather of five was joined by gym instructor Ryan Finney while he completed his sponsored indoor ride.

Mrs Speake, who climbed Mount Everest 15 years ago, said she was “absolutely delighted” that Mr Woods had helped boost her fundraising efforts.

She said: “It's fantastic, it's amazing. He's a really, really fit man. It's been wonderful how so many people have wanted to help.”

To sponsor Mrs Speake, go to www.justgiving.com/joan-speake

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