“Richmond Village in Painswick set themselves the challenge of getting from Lands End to John O Groats in just one week using both the equipment in their Wellness Spa gym and a Cross Trainer in the Reception Area. The challenge was part of an initiative set by ARCO, to encourage a wider participation in exercise by the older populations.
The Challenge was extremely adventurous with other retirement villages choosing to attempt the distance over a month period rather than a week. Over the week period residents, members, staff and even local MP Neil Carmichael hit the gym in an attempt to reach the 1060km target! Unfortunately 7 days proved slightly too ambitious even for the “gym bunny” residents who knocked up an impressive 865km, getting them well into Scotland..
Although not achieving their final target the challenge proved a huge success, showing that age really is no barrier when it comes to exercise!!!”