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Marathon success for Fitness Supervisor Terry
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Marathon success for Fitness Supervisor Terry

MARATHON enthusiast Terry Forrest is a great ambassador for his employer BPL … The Fitness Flex Metrodome supervisor had been training three times a day in preparation for the London Marathon and completed the gruelling course in two hours, 38 minutes and 52 seconds … and the big-hearted runner has a long list of charities and causes which he supports through his impressive feats. This year’s marathon was extra special for Terry, as after achieving an outstanding time in last year’s race he was able to participate in the Championship Entry level for a fourth time, joining some of the biggest and best athletes in the world. Here, he had the opportunity to represent the ‘Cairngorm Runners’, a club close to his heart, after finding his love for running in Scotland. Terry, 34, said: ‘’Everyone was in high spirits on the day, the atmosphere and the crowd were electrifying, other participants were great support, looking out for each other throughout the race.’’ This was Terry’s fourth year competing in the Club Championship race of the London marathon and with over 40 marathons under his belt, winning 25 of those including ‘King of the Hill’ at the Sheffield Half marathon, he is no stranger to the merciless training that’s practised daily to reach such a level of fitness. ‘’I was training three times a day, core training at home in the morning, half an hour at the Barnsley Metrodome during my lunch break, followed by an outdoor run each evening.’’ Terry, who currently lives in Normanton, West Yorkshire, is also a qualified UK Athletics guide runner for the visually impaired and is constantly volunteering in charity-based organisations, he adds: ‘’I also support several regional Cancer Research Race for Life events each year, in a voluntary role and work closely with Weston Park Cancer Charity, on several fundraising events through our connections here at BPL.’’ ‘’The majority of the time I partake in races, fundraising and raising awareness of stillbirth and baby loss charities for the Team Ella organisation. My good friend from Liverpool began the charity after his family experienced the loss of their daughter, Ella.’’ Terry’s next charity event involves a 96K (60 mile) run in memory of the 96 Hillsborough Disaster victims, taking place this Sunday. He adds: ‘’BPL are supporting my fundraising efforts over the next week with donations of prizes and a platform to raise funds for the 23 Foundation Charity.’’ Other upcoming events include the ‘Rock n Roll’ marathon based in Liverpool and the Huddersfield marathon. ‘’To anyone who’s interested in the sport, I would highly recommend visiting the Dorothy Hyman Leisure Centre in Cudworth, where BPL offer a wide range of facilities including the running track and other fitness services. BPL are always very supportive with local communities, helping people strive towards and achieve their personal goals.’’ ‘’I am also a massive advocate of the ParkRun community and the social as well as the physical benefits this incredibly successful phenomenon has developed over the years. ParkRun organise free, weekly timed runs across the country. These events bring the community together, the people involved give you the extra boost to push yourself to accomplish your targets and make you feel proud of what you’ve achieved.’’ Not only is Terry a great role model, but he’s a great asset to the team at BPL, proving to us all that running is part of a bigger picture improving physical and mental health, supporting charities and becoming part of a community. Notes to Editors BPL is a not-for-profit social enterprise and charitable company that was established in July 1999. We seek at all times to provide affordable, value for money health, sport and leisure facilities and activities. We operate a diverse portfolio of sports and leisure facilities across Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Mansfield and Pontefract. Our unique venues include multi use leisure centres, public golf courses, school out-of-hours amenities, and standalone health and fitness facilities. We also operate the Metrodome Leisure Complex, an award-winning regional attraction in Barnsley, South Yorkshire that houses Calypso Cove Waterpark, Metrodome Bowling, Rigby Café & Lounge, the Metrodome Arena and Fitness Flex Metrodome. Our mission statement is ‘Working together to enrich lives’ and we are proud of our diverse and exciting portfolio of health, sport, and leisure facilities. This press release was issued by Script Media on behalf of Barnsley Premier Leisure. For more information please contact Amy Nolan via bpl@scriptmedia.co.uk or 01226 734 690.

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Money raised for endangered Madagascan species
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Money raised for endangered Madagascan species

The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre in North Anston, Sheffield, would like to thank visitors for raising £1156 in donations for the Madagascar Fauna & Flora Group (MFG). The MFG are a dedicated group whose main aim is to conserve the native species of Madagascar. One of these species is the lemur, 94% of which, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), are threatened with extinction, making lemurs the world's most endangered mammals.

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Treetop Nets Ripon goes green with ‘plant a tree’ party gifts
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Treetop Nets Ripon goes green with ‘plant a tree’ party gifts

Children enjoying birthday celebrations at Treetop Nets near Ripon can now be given living gifts from the forest instead of plastic-filled party bags, encouraging them to cultivate tree saplings for many birthdays to come. In support of the global movement to reduce plastic waste, Treetop Nets has sourced a selection of hardy saplings from The Woodland Trust including fruit bearing trees and species designed to attract wildlife. The young trees are being cultivated by the green-fingered team at the attraction, which is set close to Lightwater Valley, for children to plant in their garden, school or community area. Native saplings are a fitting gift for Treetop Nets parties, as the attraction is built within 2000 square metres of beautiful woodland. Treetop Nets takes climbing trees to a whole new level with trampolines, tunnels, slides and ball zones all suspended up to 60ft above ground in the tree canopy. Each area is connected by aerial walkways, all enclosed by high net walls, giving treetop adventurers the freedom to slide and bounce their way round without harnesses. Treetop Nets offers party packages for groups of children and supervising adults with up to two hours of birthday bouncing. The site has partnered with local pub The Staveley Arms (just a five minute drive away) for peckish partygoers to decamp and enjoy a special menu of hot mains, desserts and a drink for just £5 per head. Parents can also book the Treetop Nets outdoor covered picnic area for one hour free of charge and bring their own party food. In a further bid to reduce waste, Treetop Nets asks party planners to send invitations by email and take all litter home at the end of their visit. The party bag saplings cost £3 per child and come with guidelines on how to care for them at home. School trips to Treetop Nets will also receive a free sapling to take back to class. The Treetop Nets team is hoping the woodland gifts will contribute to the ‘Northern Forest’ campaign to plant 50 million trees across northern England in the next 25 years. Treetop Nets parties are available all year round for groups of 10 or more, from ages three upwards. Admission is £11.50 for ages three to four, and £18 for ages five plus, with one FREE adult pass per three children under seven. For more information visit www.treetopnets.co.uk/ripon or call 01539 447186. - Ends - Notes to editors: 1. For further information, interviews, and images please contact Nici Hewitson at One Little Bird via nici@onelittlebird.co.uk or 01900 826633. 2. The Staveley Arms is located in North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT. For party bookings call 01765 635 439, payment for food is to be made directly to the pub and numbers need to be confirmed 24 hours before the party. 3. Treetop Nets caps (£6) and buffs (£5) are also available as party gifts.

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