A team of fitness newbies are preparing to take on a gruelling obstacle course to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Leeds fitness expert Jennie Gadsby will lead a group of 21 members from her fitness studio ‘set U free’ as they take part in the Yorkshire Warrior challenge at Ripley Castle, Harrogate, on Saturday, April 21.
Aged between 26 and 66, the team will battle hills, bogs, rivers and lakes while negotiating obstacles like slides, barbed wire and electric fencing on their quest to reach the finish line.
Jennie, a Weight Watchers UK National Fitness Expert, said: “As a team we’ve done a few mud runs before, but I wanted this to be open to everyone. So we agreed it would be ‘slowest man’s pace’ and everyone was welcome to join regardless of their age or ability. If they were willing I promised to get them through it, or at least give them the best possible chance.
“People who would never have dreamed they could do it have signed up, supported by the whole group. Watching them train together is amazing. The stronger and fitter members have worked so hard to help motivate those who struggle.”
The group has been training by taking part in group runs and indoor team-building exercises in the run up to the day. They’ve also taken a trip to nearby woods to get wet and muddy in preparation for the unforgiving Yorkshire Warrior course.
Jennie and the team from ‘set U free’ began fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Research in 2017 after Jennie lost her dad to cancer. They have since organised and taken part in several events for the charity, including a ‘girls’ night in’ event, which included a big charity raffle, and the National Three Peaks Challenge.
In March, ‘set U free’ held a Spring Fling event at Pudsey Civic Hall, which raised £4,075. The team are hoping to raise a further £2,000 in sponsorship for the Yorkshire Warrior challenge. They are also planning to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in September and are aiming to bring their fundraising total to £20,000 by the end of the year.
Jennie added: “Sadly, my dad wasn’t the last person close to me taken by cancer. In the last year I’ve seen three more good lives taken, and I decided I wanted to do more. As well as raising money for a great cause, it’s fantastic to see our members give it their best and come back even more determined next time.”
Joe Taylor, Partnerships Manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We’re incredible grateful to Jennie and everyone at ‘set U free’ for their amazing support. They’re always prepared to go the extra mile and push themselves to the limit. We’re amazed by their determination and would like to wish them all the best of luck at the Yorkshire Warrior event. The money raised will help to save lives in Yorkshire by funding vital research and community health projects.”
To sponsor the team, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/setufreeyorkshirewarriors