FITNESS coaches in north Durham are asking people to spin, swim and sprint in aid of Sport Relief.

Staff at Freeman’s Quay and Riverside leisure centres in Durham and Chester-le-Street respectively have organised a series of fundraising fitness events next month.

Councillor Maria Plews, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for leisure, libraries and lifelong learning, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people to visit our Durham and Chester-le-Street leisure centres, use some of the fabulous facilities we have and support a great cause.”

A 24 hour “spinathon” will take place at Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre from 8pm on Thursday, March 17, until 8pm on Friday, March 18.

Members of the public can book themselves in for a 30 minute slot, or longer if they feel up to the challenge, on one of the centre’s 13 spin bikes between 6.30am and 10.30pm.

Swimmers can take part in an hour long “aquathon” on from 9.45am on Friday, March 18.

At Riverside Leisure Complex, schoolchildren and sports club members will be encouraged to walk, jog or run a mile on its running track between 9am and 3pm.

The track will also be open from noon to 1.30pm for any member of the public who would like to take part.

All the events are free, but donations to Sport Relief will be requested.