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Harrogate fitness team smashes million kilo charity challenge

A FITNESS team from Harrogate lifted a million kilos in record time on Saturday, raising more than £10,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Originally expected to take 24 hours, the team smashed their target in just eight hours and 20 minutes, with members lifting their own body weight more than a thousand times to reach the goal.

The challenge was organised by Shaun Hallett and Ollie Holtam, two of the town’s most experienced personal trainers, to celebrate the launch of their new business thebodydocs. The event took place at thebodydocs studio on Prospect Crescent.

Shaun said:

Well, we did it. Our original intention was to show people that lifting weights can be for everyone, and we are so pleased that the whole team met their individual challenges. We’re still collecting donations but it looks like we have well exceeded our fundraising target of £10,000. As the first thebodydocs event it’s really set the standard.


Ollie said:

Putting together this type of event was always going to be a step into the unknown. We weren’t even 100% sure that we could complete it ourselves. We’re delighted with how the day went and very thankful to our sponsors and those who donated individually. It was tough and we are all sore but knowing that the money raised will be used by Yorkshire Cancer Research to directly help people makes the pain worthwhile.

The Million Kilo Challenge included squatting, deadlifting and bench pressing and each participant prepared for months beforehand with personalised programmes.

The team was sponsored by health food business ÜGOT, compression sports equipment provider SKINS, specialist retailer Up & Running, clothing provider HPE Clothing and independent fitness clothing shop Fit Harrogate.

Louise Robinson, Regional Fundraiser at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said:

We’ve all been inspired by the Million Kilo Challenge team and their incredible efforts. Lifting a million kilos is no mean feat and the fact that they nailed it so quickly, and raised so much money in the process, is an amazing achievement. We’d like to thank everyone involved in making this event such a huge success. The money raised will help us learn more about the cancer problems on our doorstep and find solutions to tackle them.

For more information about fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Research, please contact Louise by calling 07464 676784 or emailing

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