Bleep test was a qual­ity work­out

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Len­nox Her­ald re­porter Jenny Foulds donned her train­ers for the phys­i­cal tri­als to test whether or not she would be able to cope with a the phys­i­cal pres­sures of po­lice life.

She tells us how hard it was to beat the bleep... “The re­al­ity of what I had signed up to just days ear­lier sank in as I stood in a line along­side 24 pupils who had spent four weeks train­ing for this.

I would de­scribe my­self as a gym-goer but the last time I did a bleep test was at school about 15 years ago – and I hated it.

I had agreed to be put through my paces with the stu­dents to see if I have what it takes to be a cop.

As the count­down be­gan, it hit me that this wasn’t go­ing to be a walk in the park.

Any­one who has done a bleep test will know how quickly the pace can pick up and hav­ing ini­tially been well ahead, it’s soon clear how close I’m cut­ting it on each leg.

It is a 15-me­tre pacer test which starts slowly and builds in pace.

And still things get faster.

Onto level five the turns are get­ting shorter, frac­tions of a sec­ond.

And even when the min­i­mum level of 5.5 is reached there’s no time for cel­e­bra­tion.

My lit­tle legs even­tu­ally gave in at level eight — with over a dozen pupils still go­ing strong and some reach­ing level 12 — very im­pres­sive!

De­spite be­ing in op­pos­ing teams on the two dif­fer­ent school, the boys cheered each other, which was great to see.

With legs like jelly, I could eas­ily have called it a day there and then but it wasn’t over yet.

Up next was the cir­cuit chal­lenge...

We were part­nered up and had to make our way around seven sta­tions — do­ing as many press ups, star jumps, burpees, step ups and tri­cep dips as we could for a minute at a time.

By the fi­nal sit-ups sta­tion, ev­ery part of me ached but then my re­sults were re­vealed and I was told I would pass with fly­ing colours!

We all passed the test and the pupils got to cel­e­brate with two big tubs of well-de­served Qual­ity Street.

A fit­ting end, I’d say!”

El­bow grease Push­ing her­self to the limit

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