24/7 challenge accepted in West Lancs for Cancer Research
What lasts 7 days…involves 25 hours of high intensity exercise and is attracting a growing number of West Lancashire gym goers, whose aim is not only raise their heart rate… but also to raise as much money as possible to help the fight against Cancer? The ‘24/7 challenge’!
Labelled as ‘exhausting’ and slightly ‘insane’ by participants in its previous editions, this fundraising event in aid of Cancer Research will be taking place at Edge Hill Sports Centre (from 1st – 7th July) where various teams will be enduring as many sports sessions as possible – their limit being the 24 high intensity classes plus 7 gruelling personal training sessions – that will be the minimum requirement of each team leader!
Earning ‘moves’ for each class attended. Teams spur each other on, competing against each other daily, although in reality, all are on the same side as together they battle the sweat, fatigue and increasingly sore muscles to encourage the donations and sponsorship that will make a difference to those who need it. Fittingly, ‘Together we will beat cancer’ is emblazoned on the ‘24/7 challenge’ t-shirts.
This project was started 3 years ago by Juliet Brinsley who lost her father, Tom McGrath, to cancer and whose love of sport has seen it grow as more people have come on board. The event could not happen without the support of Edge Hill Sport, in particular, Sam Smith who has pulled out all the stops to accommodate, take part and fundraise.
This year Park Run, which is held at Edge Hill on Saturdays at 9am, will be joined by 24/7 challengers. Some of the teams will be joining park run on 30th June as a warm up, to fundraise and to promote the benefits of staying healthy to help beat cancer, and also on the last day of the event, 7th July, this may be somewhat slower! Please join them at park run to run, jog or walk in support of Cancer Research. (To join at park run please register for free on http://www.parkrun.org.uk/ to obtain a barcode).
Rundamental running coaching have volunteered to provide pacers at both park runs to help and support participants. www.facebook.com/rundamentalcoaching/
Along with all the help and support from Edge Hill and Rundamental, Your Design, in Burscough has supported the 24/7 event and the charity in the production of t-shirts and hoodies over the past few years.
Their target this year is £2,000. Donations can be made in person at Edge Hill Sport between 1st – 7th July, by text on 70070 or on our Just Giving page ‘Juliet’s 24/7 2018’. 24/7 Eat Sleep Train Repeat Wristbands are also on sale at Edge Hill Sport at £1 during the week, all proceeds to Cancer Research.