Jetts Gym manager Michael Aberley shakes hands with Tony Hallam president of the Mary Valley Historic Railway. Jetts has jumped on board the Mary Valley Rattler as major sponsors of the Race the Rattler.
Jetts Gym manager Michael Aberley shakes hands with Tony Hallam president of the Mary Valley Historic Railway. Jetts has jumped on board the Mary Valley Rattler as major sponsors of the Race the Rattler. Craig Warhurst

Jetts behind steam train

THE Mary Valley Heritage Railway has received a major boost for the 2012 Race the Rattler foot race.

The organisation just signed Jetts Gym as the major sponsor for the ultimate battle between man and machine to be held on Monday, June 11.

Mary Valley Heritage Railway president Tony Hallam said the contract was a huge boost for the annual event and major sponsorship by a fitness company was a great fit for Race the Rattler.

Hallam announced the sponsorship deal on the 14th anniversary of the inception of the iconic Mary Valley steam train journey.

"The past 18 months have been a real challenge for the Rattler and to have Jetts sponsorship is a great result for us," he said.

Jetts Gym manager Michael Aberley said the company was proud to get behind such a wonderful sporting event.

"For us it is good to help out the local community events and what better way to promote fitness than putting people up against machine," he said.

"We are local and it is good to support local.

"The race is all about family fun and fitness."

Aberley put out the challenge to other businesses to enter teams in this year's race.

"I urge everyone to get involved and put in a team to help out a great cause and keep the event going for another generation," he said.

Hallam said if the Rattler won this year, he was going to shave off his beard and moustache.

He also said the event would be changed to a Sunday in 2013 because of the Queens Birthday holiday change to October.

Race the Rattler organisers decided to keep the event in June because it was in the middle of the running season.

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