Members of Horsham Fitness, keen to surpass the success of their 2013 ‘Burpees Challenge’ came up with a fun and energetic ‘Farmers Walk’ weight carrying marathon event.
Braving the cold at 8am on Saturday 13th December, eight teams of four participants carried metal kettlebells weighing between 8 and 24kg each across a 50 metre course.
The aim was to cover at least the distance of a full marathon – 26 miles – between all the teams within the one hour duration of the event. Cheered on by family and friends, the teams rose to this challenge and covered 52,900 metres in total – over 32 miles.
The event was organised by Horsham Fitness partners Mark Sillett and Katie Warman to raise money for Horsham’s Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee special school. Participants each paid £5 to take part and there was also a fundraising raffle.
The event raised approximately £300 for the school. Mark said: “Local charity is what we’re trying to do. It’s great to be able to support this lovely school that is so close to us.”
He went on to thank everyone who had taken part, which included not only clients of Horsham Fitness but also a team made up of staff and a student from QEII School.
There was definitely a festive mood, with many of those taking part competing in Christmas jumpers and hats. Despite the chilly weather everyone soon warmed up once they’d started shifting their heavy weights.
Once the hour was up, though, they were very glad of hot drinks and snacks provided by Horsham Rugby Club’s café.
Report and pictures by Stephen Candy.