Five hours of fitness brings 2k for Heartbeat charity

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A five-hour exercise class saw 70 participants raise almost £2,000 for charity, and funds are still being counted.

The North West’s leading cardiac rehabilitation charity, Heartbeat, held the mammoth marathon at Preston’s College in a bid to raise funds.

Heartbeat hosted a keepfit marathon at Preston College, Fulwood Campus with five hours of keep fit routines and classes

Heartbeat hosted a keepfit marathon at Preston College, Fulwood Campus with five hours of keep fit routines and classes

It was organised by fitness instructor, Cheryl Hughes from Everybody Fit.

Fitness fans from across Preston pumped, boxed and sweated through the five classes of Body Attack, Insanity, Kettlercise, Metafit and Body Combat.

Each of them paid £20 towards the final figure, as well as asking friends and family for sponsorship.

Alongside the classes, stalls were also selling their wares at the college in Fulwood, and to keep the crowds fuelled, a hog roast was on offer for those who had worked up an appetite.

There was a really, really good turnout and we’re just so honoured that they came along and chose to support Heartbeat.

Lisa Riding, Heartbeat fund-raiser, said: “We were just overwhelmed at the number of people who took part in the event. There was a really, really good turnout and we’re just so honoured that they came along and chose to support Heartbeat.”

Lisa added: “We raised £500 on the day with a raffle and around £1,400 through entry donations so with money still coming in, we’re pretty sure we’ll be reaching our £3,000 target.”

Heartbeat hosted a keepfit marathon at Preston College, Fulwood Campus with five hours of keep fit routines and classes

Heartbeat hosted a keepfit marathon at Preston College, Fulwood Campus with five hours of keep fit routines and classes