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A LO­CAL World Record Breaker has swung to vic­tory for Can­cer Re­search UK

Clau­dia Hobbs is a per­sonal trainer and lo­cal mum of two liv­ing in Great Mis­senden.

In June this year, her fa­ther, Jack Hobbs, was di­ag­nosed with ter­mi­nal lung can­cer.

As a non smoker and healthy 70 year old, the shock of the med­i­cal di­ag­no­sis was im­mense.

Very soon after, Jack lost the abil­ity to walk due to a se­condary can­cer and sadly lost his bat­tle with can­cer on Oc­to­ber 14.

Jack leaves be­hind many who love him in­clud­ing, his wife Thais, 4 chil­dren and 4 grand­chil­dren. He will be sorely missed.

Com­pletely pow­er­less to stop the progress of her fa­ther’s dis­ease, Clau­dia wanted to help oth­ers who were suf­fer­ing or who had fam­ily or friends who were af­fected by can­cer. One in two of us will have some form of can­cer in our life­time and the in­vest­ment into re­search for a cure is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly crit­i­cal.

Clau­dia de­cided to take on a huge chal­lenge to raise money for Can­cer Re­search UK – and while she was it it, she de­cided to break a world record

The record was for the heav­i­est weight lifted by ket­tle­bell swing in one hour (fe­male). The pre­vi­ous world record stood at 23,834.9 kg and was achieved by Me­gan Kelly in Tod­mor­den, UK, on July 16 2017.

CrossFit Chiltern, where Clau­dia works, hosted the event on De­cem­ber 8 where mem­bers of the gym crowded round to watch the at­tempt.

In one hour, she man­aged 30,060kg of weight in 1,387 ket­tle­bell swings, 26% more than the stand­ing record!

To date, nearly £7,000 has been raised and more is com­ing in ev­ery day as lo­cals sup­port the achieve­ment.

Clau­dia said: “I just wanted to do some­thing that would make some small bit of dif­fer­ence and I know my dad was watch­ing proudly as I sweated my way through the hour.

“No one should suf­fer as he did with no hope of im­prove­ment. I also wanted to demon­strate that if you put your mind to it, the body is an amaz­ing thing…what once seemed im­pos­si­ble ac­tu­ally be­comes achiev­able.”

You can make a do­na­tion to Clau­dia’s ef­fort at https://www.just giv­­ing/crossfit chiltern

Suc­cess – she achieves a world record

Clau­dia with the ket­tle­bell

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