Hearts and Minds: Sports Day and Gym Passes

Following on from the huge success of last year’s ‘Hearts and Minds Challenge‘ and ‘Tour De Metro‘, MPT (a consortium of Laing O’Rourke, VolkerRail and Thale) were keen to get involved again and wondered how they could top last year’s challenge.

Their main aim was to get as many people involved as possible, and to achieve this, various challenges were set throughout Mental Health Awareness Week, which ran from 13th May – 19th May 2019. The week of challenges was in aid of the British Heart Foundation and Mind, the mental health charity.

Static Equipment: Bike, Rower and Stepper

DW Fitness once again stepped up to the challenge and kindly loaned MPT some of their fitness equipment for the week. There were challenges set for each piece of equipment which spurred people on and kept up the momentum. Also, in one last big push to up the mileage on the Friday, a challenge was set on the rower – whoever could beat the distance in a 15-minute time slot would win a healthy breakfast and a DW Fitness day pass. The winner managed to smash it with a distance of 4137 metres in 15 minutes, and can now be found at the local carvery enjoying a BIG (healthy) breakfast.

Spin Class

DW fitness put on a spin class for MPT, making them work hard for those extra miles. After a gruelling session, they managed to clock up 130 miles and had an excellent cardio workout which set them up for the day ahead.

TPL 10k run

MPT have recently set up a weekly running club for all abilities and everyone is welcome to come along. They decided for the Hearts and Mind week that they would run a 10k, which was mapped out around the TPL line and Manchester Ship canal. The weather conditions were perfect and they managed to run 49.68 miles while lapping up the sites including the Manchester United ground.

To find out more, click on the link below.

Laing O'Rourke's 2018 Hearts & Minds Challenge News Article


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