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Olympic Gold medallist Rebecca Romero MBE led a team of local lawyers and business people onto Manchester Velodrome for a master class in track cycling this week.

16 riders with experience ranging from novice level to enthusiastic amateurs donned crash helmets, lycra and clip shoes for a training session in how to handle a fixed-wheel bike on the steep sloping banks of the National Cycling Centre on Monday morning.

Organised by Bolton-based Premex Group, the morning formed part of the I Love Claims "Great Big Charity Challenge" an initiative designed to bring the claims industry together to help raise over £500,000 for Rainbow Trust Children's charity, a specialist organisation supporting families with children who face a life threatening or terminal illness.

Chris Wheatley, sales and marketing director at Premex Group explained: "It was a great way to raise money and do something we all really enjoy. Rebecca's insight into how the velodrome works was invaluable and after two hours everyone was sprinting as fast as they could go - the competitive instincts were there for all to see."

More events have been planned by businesses around the country, and Chris was delighted that Premex could play its part. "Raising money as part of a nationwide campaign can be really effective as we can pool our resources for a common goal. We're really pleased to have played our part for Rainbow Trust and look forward to more events like this in future."