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Gruelling exercise circuit at Harleston Memorial Leisure Centre raises hundreds for Ukraine humanitarian appeal



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Nearly two dozen people broke a sweat as they raised money for Ukraine during a fundraising boot camp earlier this month.

On Saturday, 17 fundraisers of all ages took part in a ‘Train for Ukraine’ event – a gruelling circuit of weight lifting and cardio exercises to raise funds for the humanitarian effort in the war-torn nation.

Battle ropes, spinning bikes, kettle bells and care tyres were strewn across the green outside Harleston Memorial Leisure Centre, in Wilderness Lane, as people took on four rounds each.

Members of Harleston Gym after their two hour boot-camp fitness challenge to raise money for Ukraine. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.
Members of Harleston Gym after their two hour boot-camp fitness challenge to raise money for Ukraine. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.

Personal trainer Ross Lomax, who last year raised more than £1,000 for a testicular cancer charity by working out, non-stop, for an entire day, said that participants were pushed to their very limits by the demanding challenge.

“They were swearing at us after the first round,” said Mr Lomax, 31, who led the course alongside deputy manager Christy Rose, 34.

“There was a few sore bodies the day after.

“But there was lots of different abilities there and, at the end of the day, it was more about having fun and raising money for a good cause.”

In total, more than £600 was raised for the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, and will go towards families fleeing the conflict.

“With everything going on, we felt like we had to do something,” added Mr Lomax, who lives in Wetheringsett.

“While we were doing the challenge, one woman said ‘this is hard, but the people in Ukraine have got it even harder’.

People can still donate to the fundraiser if they wish. To do so, click here.



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