Work­out chal­lenge raises char­ity cash

Macclesfield Express - - TIME TRIP - KAREN BRIT­TON

GYM-GO­ERS took on a 24 hour work­out to raise money for a char­ity which helps peo­ple with a mus­cle wast­ing dis­ease.

Fit­ness fans at the CrossFit MaxOn gym, on Hul­ley Road in Mac­cles­field, set them­selves the chal­lenge of do­ing high in­ten­sity work­outs on the hour ev­ery hour over a 24 hour pe­riod to raise funds for Duchenne UK, a char­ity which aims to find a cure for Duchenne Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy (DMD).

The ill­ness mainly af­fects boys and causes mus­cle loss, lim­it­ing the per­son’s life ex­pectancy.

Sally Gil­liver, owner of the gym, learned about the work of the char­ity through a friend and de­cided her gym could raise money to help.

She and co-own­ers An­to­nia Fitzger­ald and Łukasz Ma­jew­ski, with mem­bers Laura Jen­nifer Smith, Lizzie Owen, Vic­to­ria Brew­ster, Dave Boul­ton and Si­mon Hamp­son, took on the 24 hour chal­lenge and raised around £3,600.

Sally said: “It was fan­tas­tic. We were blown away with the sup­port we had for such an im­por­tant cause. We didn’t do a sin­gle work­out with­out an­other MaxOn mem­ber be­ing there and join­ing in too, even in the early hours.

“My friend en­tered me in an­other event, the Duchenne Dash in June, and when I looked into the char­ity I re­alised what a good char­ity it is.

“Now I’ve met a few peo­ple who have chil­dren with the ill­ness and it’s spurred me on.

“It’s ap­pro­pri­ate for us be­cause CrossFit is all about keep­ing mus­cles strong.”

Those who took part in the chal­lenge did high in­ten­sity work­outs each hour, in­clud­ing run­ning, row­ing, weightlift­ing, gym­nas­tics, push ups and pull ups.

All eight com­peti­tors man­aged ev­ery work­out and mem­bers came along to join in or show sup­port.

Co-owner Łukasz said: “We’re al­ways up for a chal­lenge, for char­ity or per­sonal rea­sons, and when one of our mem­bers brought the idea up we thought it was a good chal­lenge and took it from there.

“We were re­ally sur­prised by how much sup­port we got.

“It was tough on very lit­tle sleep. I would try to catch up on some sleep be­tween work­outs but it was worth it for the money we raised.

“It’s an in­cred­i­ble amount of money and we thank ev­ery­one who sup­ported us in the work­outs, with food and sup­plies and by cheer­ing us on.”

Gym go­ers dur­ing the 24 hour work­out at CrossFit MaxOn in aid of Duchenne UK

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