New staff club is the wheel deal

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A CYCLING club has been set up to encourage staff at a Blyth firm to adopt healthier lifestyles.

The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has joined forces with Sustrans, to form the club as part of the cycling charity’s Blyth Active Travel Town project.

The charity is working with Narec and 36 other employers in and around Blyth to encourage more people to cycle or walk to work.

Ten Narec employees completed a 12-mile bike ride last Thursday, pictured, between Seaton Sluice and Blyth to mark the launch of the club.

Narec’s senior mechanical design engineer, Shona Ridley, said: “It was a wonderful evening and a great opportunity to socialise with work colleagues and enjoy the great outdoors.

“We are all really looking forward to the next ride.

“As the National Renewable Energy Centre, we have an active role to play in encouraging more families, communities and organisations to make smarter travel choices to reduce their carbon emissions.

“The Sustrans initiative is helping us to do this.”

Mark Curr, of Sustrans, said: “Narec are a very logical partner for us, and it was an absolute pleasure to take out the group.

“Already, it seems like this event will lead to more staff travelling actively and I can’t wait to work with them again.”