An ‘incredible’ team of warriors

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Gym members young and old have tackled a gruelling obstacle course of ice and mud to raise funds for the Prince of Wales Hospice.

The 126 adults from Body Design FIT in Pontefract were pushed to the limit by the 30 obstacles on the 12k Total Warrior course at Bramham Park in Leeds.

It was the largest team the gym has ever entered into the contest - and, this year, the adults were joined by around 50 children, mainly aged ten and under, who took part in a mini version of the challenge.

The youngsters tackled a 2k or 4k course packed with obstacles designed specially for six to 15-year-olds. They had to battle their way over, under and through 10 challenges, many of which involved mud.

The two Body Designs team were formed by Simon Longstaff, owner of the Baileygate studio, who has been raising funds for more than 20 years after his mum and father-in-law passed away in the Halfpenny Lane hospice.

It was fourth year running the adult group has entered the contest.

The warriors celebrated their achievements with an after party at The Ambience club in Pontefract, with support from The Kitchen in Airedale and MG Entertainment.

Alice Coggan, events and community fundraising assistant at the hospice, said “It was great to be there on the day and support this incredible team.

“They had smiles on their faces all day and the support we’ve received from them has been incredible.

“A huge thank you to Simon and all the other instructors as well as everyone who took part or supported the team.”

This year’s total is still being counted but, over the last three years, the team has raised £15,000.

The money goes towards running the hospice, which supports patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families in a positive, caring and practical way. It costs £2.4 million every year to keep the hospice open, most of which comes from the facility’s charity shops, donations and the local community.

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