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Iron distance charity gym challenge


Wednesday 22 December will see members from Pure Gym centres around Leicestershire row, bike and run their way to a cumulative iron distance within their gym to raise money for a children’s cancer charity.

The challenge will be in aid of Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group, with members from the Pure Gym centres in Leicestershire completing the distance on rowing machines, static bikes and treadmills.

The funds raised will go directly towards ‘Cohen’s Fight’ for research into alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of soft tissue that develops from cells in connecting tissues in the body.

This type of cancer is more commonly found in children and young people, with Cohen’s Fight named after Cohen who was four years old when he was diagnosed in 2020.

Completing the challenge together, members will put their individual row, bike and run distances together to reach the total iron distance.  

One of the gyms involved is Pure Gym Loughborough where, in the autumn, a GO TRI training programme was run by Ian Scarrott, a British Triathlon Level 2 Coach.

The six session programme saw those taking part in activities to train for the individual swim, bike, run disciplines. The first three sessions focussed on bike and run technique on static bikes and treadmills, with the following sessions introducing managing transition to the bike and run training.

To provide swim-based training, Scarrott led the participants in strength sessions that focussed on the muscles developed during swimming.

Bringing the programme to an end, there was a challenge that brought together what the weeks building up had looked at. Following a group strength session, the individuals complete a 12 minute bike before a 3km race on the treadmills.

You can donate to Cohen’s Fight by visiting the JustGiving page by clicking on the button below.


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